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World Cities Day

The United Nations (UN) has declared October 31 World Cities Day. Its aim is to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.

The skyline of New York City, United States.
The skyline of New York City, United States.
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The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 27, 2013.

The Home of Humanity

"Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights," stated Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

The resolution stresses the importance of cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. However, this is not always the case and, according to the UN, inequalities in cities have grown since 1980. The largest cities are also where you often find the greatest differences between people.

Important Urbanization

Urbanization is defined as the gradual shift of population from rural to urban areas. The process forms cities making them larger as more people come to work and live centrally.

World Cities Day aims to highlight the role of urbanization to provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion. These include greater equality, access to services, and added diversity. This way cities can be designed to create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

World Cities Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriOct 312014World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
SatOct 312015World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
MonOct 312016World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
TueOct 312017World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
WedOct 312018World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
ThuOct 312019World Cities DayUnited Nations observance
SatOct 312020World Cities DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

World Cities Day is a UN observance that aims to recognize the role of cities as a foundation for social and economic development.

World Cities Day 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

World Cities Day 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Cities DayEnglish
Día Mundial de las CiudadesSpanish
יום ערים בעולםHebrew
اليوم العالمي للمدنArabic
세계 도시의 날Korean
Welttag der StadtGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on October 31, 2018

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