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World Cities Day, 2018

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    4th Nov, 2018

The United Nations has designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day.

Context

The United Nations has designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day.

About

  • The World Cities Day was established on 27 December 2013 by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/68/239.
  • General Assembly decided to designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day.

Theme:

  • 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.
  • The first World Cities Day was celebrated in Shanghai, China on 31 October 2014, under the theme Leading Urban Transformations
  • The theme for World Cities Day 31 October 2018 is “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” 
  • The Global Observation will be celebrated in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Purpose:

  • The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization
  • Push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

Significance

  • Cities need support to become resilient and develop their capacity to absorb the impact of hazards, protect and preserve human life and limit damage to and destruction of public and private assets while continuing to provide infrastructure and services after a crisis.
  • There is a pressing need for new innovative tools and approaches that strengthen local administrations and empower citizens, while building their capacity to face new challenges and better protect human, economic and natural assets.
  • Governments must lead coordinated inclusive policies that push for resilient urban areas, providing support to regional and local governments.
  • Sustainable Development Goal 11 remains the keystone of the United Nations commitment and ambition to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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