The Global Observance of World Cities Day 2017 will take place in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China on 31 October. The event will be hosted by UN-Habitat, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and the City of Guangzhou.

The event will bring together participation of key note speakers in the field of urban development, in the Urban Talk, a round table discussion featuring the theme, Innovative Governance, Open Cities.