Date: Monday, 31 October 2022; 9th Anniversary
Slogan: Better City, Better Life
Sponsor: United Nations
The World Cities Day is annually celebrated for the following three purposes:
- To raise and spread awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.
- To promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization.
- To enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities, addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
The first World Cities Day was held on October 31, 2014.
On December 27, 2013, The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by the resolution A/RES/68/239, in order to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda.
How to celebrate the Day:
Since 2014, the World Cities Day is annually honored and celebrated over the world in a range of ways including seminars, lectures, conferences, educational programs, and social media campaigns. Each year a particular theme is selected, by the United Nations, to either promote successes of urbanization or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
Annual theme in recent years:
2021 theme: “Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience”
2020 theme: “Valuing Our Communities and Cities”
2019 theme: “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”
2018 theme: “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”
2017 theme: ” ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities”
2016 theme: “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development”