As an outcome of the Shanghai International Expo 2010, the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 68/239 of 27 December 2013, designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).
World Cities Day seeks to promote global interest in urbanization and engender international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization, thereby contributing to sustainable urban development. Over half the world’s population live in cities and this figure is expected to increase by three billion by 2050.
The United Nations system, in particular UN-Habitat, relevant international organizations, civil society and all relevant stakeholders observe and raise awareness of the Day.
The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
In 2019 the Global Observation of World Cities Day was hosted by the city of Ekaterinburg, of the Russian Federation. The theme was “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations”.
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