Happy World Cities Day - 31 October 2016

The United Nations has designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. It sheds light on the international community’s interest in global urbanisation and cooperation among countries in contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

This year’s World Cities Day theme is Inclusive Cities, Shared Development, highlighting global urban challenges around social exclusion, inequality, accessibility of services, and mobility. Growing urban inequalities are mostly found in the world’s largest cities. Economic inequalities are closely related to social, spatial and gender inequalities. Nevertheless, urbanisation can provide opportunities for sustainable development and a more inclusive society.

The importance of this theme also comes back in the New Urban Agenda, with one of its main pillars  being inclusive cities. The day also marks the end of the highly interesting Urban October month of celebrations and the adoption of Habitat III agenda.

See the video message of Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, and of Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, here.

Find out more about the World Cities Day here.