News from UN-Habitat - Issue 13 - October 2015
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Focus On: Urban October
Urban October was launched by UN-Habitat in 2014 to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda.

Urban October activities begin on World Habitat Day, on the first day of October every year, and conclude with the celebration of World Cities Day, every 31st of October.

The Urban October Background Document and the Urban October 2015 Guidelines provides more information and insight into Urban October.

In this issue:

World Habitat Day: Public Spaces for All!

Tens of cities gear up for World Habitat Day as New York hosts the Global Observance

World Habitat Day 2015 will be celebrated on 5 October under the theme Public Spaces for All.

This Day will also be the launch of Urban October activities. New York, Nairobi, Quito, Rabat, Ontario, West Virginia are among the cities celebrating the Day through various activities and events highlighting this important theme.

Visit to view the list of cities celebrating World Habitat Day.

Public Spaces for All!

The character of a city is defined by its streets and public spaces. A new urban agenda is evolving to create and protect public spaces.

World Habitat Day 2015 encourages innovative approaches to raising awareness and engaging the public in the discussions about public spaces.

UN-Habitat has launched Urban Nights, a concept for outdoor film screening, as an example of how public spaces can be utilized to bring people together and increase social cohesion.

Download the Urban Nights concept note and the Urban October 2015 Guidelines for more examples of how to raise awareness and celebrate World Habitat Day in your City.

World Cities Day

The City of Milan to host the second World Cities Day global observance

World Cities Day 2015 takes place on 31 October under the theme Designed to live together.

Organized under the framework of the 2015 World Expo, World Cities Day will mark the end of the universal exhibition and will also be the final of the three UN Days selected by the United Nations to celebrate at the Expo.

The Global Observance of World Cities Day will be held in Milan, Italy. In what promises to be a glittering occasion, the celebrations will be hosted by UN-Habitat, the City of Milan and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion dubbed Urban Talk, featuring three key note speakers, experts in urban issues.

Join us this Urban October!
1. Organize a World Habitat Day activity in your city! View ideas for how to celebrate World Habitat Day 2015 and the theme Public Spaces for All

2. Organize a World Cities Day activity in your city! Ideas for how to celebrate World Cities Day 2015 and the theme Designed to live together

3. Submit a photo, an illustration or an infographic to the Urban October Design Competition and your entry could be featured in UN-Habitat media

4. Help spread the word about Urban October! Download the logos and other promotional materials here and World Cities Day logos and all other promotional material on this page and feel free to share them with your friends!

5. Read out or play video message of the Executive Director on World Habitat Day 2015 during your event.

Register your planned Urban October Activities

Inform us of your planned World Habitat Day event or activities by registering them here and let us know how you are celebrating World Cities Day by registering the planned event in this site so that we can publish your event on the Urban October website.
Urban Round Up

(1) Work begins on new water supply pipeline for Hargeisa:
The European Union, Somaliland Development Fund, UN-Habitat, and the Government of Somaliland on Sunday inaugurated the start of installation works for the new 23-km water supply pipeline from Geed Deeble to Hargeisa... More...

(2) Rwanda to adopt a new water tariff designed with UN-Habitat’s help:
Starting 1 September, Rwanda introduced a new urban water supply tariff which was designed with the help of UN-Habitat. The new tariff has been designed to move the utility towards full cost recovery.More...

(3) Moving Towards Electric Mobility in Hyderabad, India:
As a pre-cursor to a project to install solar-powered bike stations linked to the proposed metro in Hyderabad, the Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) a partner organization of UN-Habitat, on the occasion of the Indian Independence day on 15 August organized the Chak De India Rides in Hyderabad, the capital of Telengana state... More...

(4) UN-Habitat holds high level meeting on Somalia:
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) of UN-Habitat on Wednesday during its 58th Regular meeting as part of its Agenda, Items, held a High Level Dialogue on Somalia where the participants expressed optimism on the steps the country is taking towards achieving long lasting peace. More...

(5) UN-Habitat to support modernisation and sustainable urban development in Panama:
UN-Habitat has signed an agreement with Panama City aimed at modernising public administration as well as institutional strengthening to achieve more effective, efficient and equitable governance in four districts of the city... More...

(6) State of Rio de Janeiro and UN-Habitat to join hands on sustainable urban development:
During the ceremony, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Fernando Pezão, and the Director of the regional office of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean, Elkin Velasquez, made a commitment to promote actions and projects for the benefit of urban and metropolitan governance. More...

(7) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani launches State of Afghan Cities 2015:
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday launched the ‘State of Afghan Cities 2015’ report which presents the first-ever comprehensive and reliable assessment of Afghanistan’s 34 Provincial Capital Cities.... More...

Urban quote
"Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness and well being for all citizens as well as fostering investment, economic development and environmental sustainability "

- Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, on Public Spaces.
Did you know?

Integrating Climate Change into City Development Strategies

This guidebook attempts to provide a modest input into the effort of unifying two key thematic areas, Climate Change and City Development Strategies.

This attempt of climate proofing city development strategies is an ongoing process and requires additional effort by governments, academia, and city development partners worldwide.

Download the Publication
Up next
  • 1st - 30th October 2015: Urban October
  • 5th October 2015: World Habitat Day
  • 6th - 7th October 2015: Habitat III Thematic Meeting, Canada, Montreal
  • 5th - 10th October: Urban Thinkers Campus: The City We Need Fosters Inclusive Prosperity
  • 8th - 10th October 2015: Urban Thinkers Campus: City as a Service
  • 15th - 16th October: Urban Thinkers Campus: Wamama Tunauwezo (Women Have the Power)
  • 17th - 18th October: Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly (APUFY)
  • 19th - 21st October 2015: Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum
  • 21st - 22nd October 2015: Habitat III Regional Meeting, Jarkata
  • 24th October: Urban Thinkers Campus New York City: Road Map to the City We Need
  • 28th October: Urban Thinkers Campus: Healthy and Just Cities for Children and Youth
  • 31st October 2015: World Cities Day
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