2 September 2014: The theme of the first ‘World Cities Day’ was unveiled and the World Cities Day, the Shanghai Coordination Center for the World Cities Day was established in September 2014. The theme of the first ‘World Cities Day’ was unveiled in Shanghai on September 2.

29 September 2014: World Cities Day logo and theme Leading Urban Transformations were launched, and a count-down clock to World Cities was started at the People’s Square Metro Station.

29 September 2014: An online on-line registration activity named ‘Sign up to win gifts on the first Cities Day’ (official website: www.world-cities-day.org) was launched to attract citizens to participate in and promote public awareness of the first ‘World Cities Day’.

11 October 2014: World Cities Day website in Chinese was launched, and World Cities Day posters displayed. The posters composed of artworks designed by the famous Shanghai artist Zhang Anpu.