The United Nations has designated every 31st October as World Cities Day. The day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
Cities are the epicentre of any country’s economy, market, and cultural identity. They generate wealth and improve living standards while providing the density, interaction and networks that make us more creative and productive. World Cities Day was established on 27th December 2013 by the General Assembly in its resolution, in which the General Assembly “invites States, the United Nations system, in particular UN-Habitat, relevant international organizations, civil society and all relevant stakeholders to observe and raise awareness of the day.”
The theme for 2016 was "Inclusive Cities, Shared Development" in order to highlight the important role of urbanization as a cource of global development and social inclusion. Planned urbanization maximizes the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.
The theme for 2017 is yet to be announced.
Find out more about World Cities Day here.