UN Observance: World Cities Day October 31

WCD-2015-LogoHalf of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers.

On October 31, 2015, the UN celebrates World Cities Day (WCD) 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.

Under the theme Better City, Better Life Designed to live together, WCD 2015 promotes togetherness and harmony, making our cities and neighborhoods inclusive and livable.

shutterstock_1001928531There are numerous way cities can be designed for all to live together

  • Planned cities not only generate jobs and opportunities, but also help build socially integrated, livable, open neighborhoods.
  • Planning residential areas with different possibilities in terms of typology and price enables residents from different backgrounds and income levels to live together.
  • Designing through participative processes helps people come together around shared goals and visions, and promotes everyone’s equal access to services, jobs and opportunities.
  • Designing compact, denser cities reduces the over exploitation of natural resources, and facilitates common living by enabling equal access to land, food and water for all
  • Designing public spaces, parks, playgrounds, streets with pedestrian space and commercial activities help create a vibrant public life for all residents.

Participate!

shutterstock_296059040If you want to find out how you can participate in your closest WCD event, be it an outdoor film screening, design competition or taking part in a panel discussion then please visit the official WCD webpage by clicking here.

Last year during the Urban October month, more than 100 events were organized by partners in more than 45 countries and cities around the world. This year, WCD encourages you to raise awareness and organize a WCD activity and publicize it on the UN-Habitat website through the “Register your event” form available here. Guidelines for planning a WCD event can be found here.

Social Media

Don’t forget to spread the word about this important day on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #UrbanOctober and #CitiesDay

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