World Cities Day: 31 October 2019

Thu 31/10/19

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 general theme of the World Cities Day is “Better City, Better Life”, with each year having a different sub-theme that is designed to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

The sub-theme for  2018 was “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”, which was selected to highlight that cities need support to become resilient and develop their capacity to absorb the impact of hazards, protect and preserve human life and limit damage to and destruction of public and private assets while continuing to provide infrastructure and services after a crisis.

Details about 2019's World Cities Day have not yet been announced. This page will be updated as more information is made available.


Find out more about World Cities Day here.