WORLD CITIES DAY: OCTOBER 31, 2017

World Cities Day

The United Nations (UN) has declared October 31 World Cities Day. Its aim is to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.

The skyline of Houston, Texas, United States.
Photo credit:  coydavidson.com

The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 27, 2013.

The Home of Humanity

“Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights,” stated Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

The resolution stresses the importance of cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. However, this is not always the case and, according to the UN, inequalities in cities have grown since 1980. The largest cities are also where you often find the greatest differences between people.

Important Urbanization

Urbanization is defined as the gradual shift of population from rural to urban areas. The process forms cities making them larger as more people come to work and live centrally.

World Cities Day aims to highlight the role of urbanization to provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion. These include greater equality, access to services, and added diversity. This way cities can be designed to create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

World Cities Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Fri Oct 31 2014 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 31 2015 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Mon Oct 31 2016 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Tue Oct 31 2017 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Wed Oct 31 2018 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Thu Oct 31 2019 World Cities Day United Nations observance
Sat Oct 31 2020 World Cities Day United Nations observance

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