Lonely Planet Writer

Events are taking place around the world to mark World Cities Day

Monday, 31 October, has been designated World Cities Day by the United Nations General Assembly, and events are being held all over the world to mark it. This year, the UN has chosen the theme ‘Inclusive Cities, Shared Development’ to highlight the important role of urbanisation as a source of global development and social inclusion.

Arc de Triomphe Paris city at sunset.
Arc de Triomphe Paris city at sunset. Image by IM_photo/Shutterstock

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that cities are increasingly the home of humanity. “They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights,” he said. The UN aims to support transnational cooperation because it’s easier to meet the opportunities and problems of a sustainable urbanisation together.

The 3rd edition of Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award will be held on 31 October 2016 coinciding with the World Cities Day. Image: Tehran Golden Adobe
The third edition of Tehran Golden Adobe Global Awards will be held on 31 October 2016 coinciding with the World Cities Day. Image: Tehran Golden Adobe

According to the UN, planned urbanisation maximises the capacity of cities to generate employment and wealth, and to foster diversity and social cohesion between different classes, cultures, ethnicities and religions. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.

Rockefeller Centre at Christmas from New York Air.
Rockefeller Centre at Christmas from New York Air. Image by George Steinmetz

The day is a reminder for town-dwellers to participate in the long-term development of their cities. There are global events happening to help reach that goal, most of which are centred around climate change, ecology or the diversity of urban cohabitation. These include the Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award World Cities Day, which recognises the best urban management projects worldwide.