What's Going On For World Cities Day

[29 October 2014] --On 31 October, cities and countries around the world will mark the first ever World Cities Day.  Created by UN-Habitat to raise awareness of the role cities play globally, World Cities Day promotes the international community’s interest in global urbanisation.

It also aims to push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and challenges in urbanisation, and contributes to urban sustainable development around the world.

The theme of the first World Cities Day is “Leading Urban Transformations”.  On the way to Habitat III, the theme offers the opportunity to redefine the urban paradigm for future generations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos have already issued statements on World Cities Day. Both highlight the importance of this year’s World Cities Day on the way to the Habitat III conference in 2016. Please find their statements here: http://unhabitat.org/wcd/sg-statement/ and here: http://unhabitat.org/wcd/ed-statement/.

The City of Shanghai, China will host the main celebration of World Cities Day. Find all information on the celebrations in Shanghai here: http://unhabitat.org/wcd/shanghai-celebration/

At UN-Habitat’s headquarters in Nairobi, there will be a photo exhibition on Urban Transformation in conjunction with the Kenya Photojournalists Association.

There will also be worldwide celebrations on World Cities Day. On the official website, you can find a list of all celebrations and on how to participate: http://unhabitat.org/wcd/events-2014/

#CitiesDay Advocacy

There are already many advocacy and outreach activities taking place around World Cities Day. More information can be found on the World Cities Day website www.unhabitat.org/wcd.

On social media, please follow the Hashtag #citiesday and UN-Habitat’s corporate Social Media channels www.twitter.com/UNHABITAT and www.facebook.com/UNHABITAT. There is also a World Cities Day playlist on UN-Habitat’s Youtube channel: http://bit.ly/1tgsGVd . Please like, share and retweet!

For the occasion of World Cities Day, AOC Branch has prepared an innovative ‘Paper city’ video in order to promote UN-Habitat’s agenda. Please share: http://bit.ly/1t5Cv8w  

UN-Habitat also has a joint initiative with The Guardian on World Cities Day: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/sep/02/2014-world-cities-day-challenge-un-habitat-best-city-idea .

  Manila, Philippines. Photo: Susanna Henderson/Cities Alliance

“The Cities Alliance congratulates, and joins, UN-Habitat in celebrating the first World Cities Day. Manage our cities well, and manage our future.”

– Cities Alliance Director William Cobbett






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