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


The New Urban Agenda enshrines a new vision of urbanization as an indispensable engine for development and a prerequisite for prosperity and growth.

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Cities around the world are planning activities and events to celebrate World Habitat Day and World Cities Day
this October. Register your event today to be listed in this page.



The Network for Promotion of Agriculture and Environmental Studies plans to celebrate World Cities Day on 31 October 2017 in Accra through an event to share information and educate communities for sustainable development.

South Africa

Government of South Africa through the national Department of Human Settlement and Department of Cooperative governance and Traditional Affairs working together with eThekwini Municipality and other strategic partners namely, South African Local Government Association and South African Cities Network is hosting national observation of World Cities Day on 31 October 2017 in Durban. The Government and all partners aim to use this day to facilitate discussion on the national implementation for the New Urban Agenda. The day will have three sessions. There will be a high-level session where political leadership will have a roundtable discussion on the New Urban Agenda followed by a moderated session on the implementation plan and lastly the community session where political leadership with all participants will visit the identified community to celebrate and hand over a revitalised public open space.



The World Bank (Global Platform for Sustainable Cities)will organize the 2nd GPSC Annual Meeting on World Cities Day, 31 October in New Delhi. Currently comprised of 27 cities across 11 pilot countries, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, supports cities in their efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban planning and financing. Led by the World Bank and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with development partners, the GPSC promotes sustainable development amidst rapid urbanization and works with practitioners and thought leaders from around the world in developing solutions for sustainable urban growth. At the annual forum, mayors and city leaders convene with experts from financial institutions, international organizations, UN agencies and the private sector, to share best practices in sustainable development planning and discuss policy options towards a common vision of urban sustainability. The offical opening of the GPSC Annual Meeting will take place in the morning of October 31. The theme of the 2017 forum – ‘Innovation & Smart Solutions for Urban Sustainability’- will be illustrated through the many scheduled events, including a Mayor's RoundTable, high-level panel discussions and a series of in-depth learning events. For more information please visit



The Swedish Institute Network for Future Global Leaders (SINFGL) Local Network at Blekinge Institute of Technology has collaborated with PlanKan, the Planning Students’ Body, to organize World Cities Day Celebrations in Karlskrona City. The event, scheduled for 31 October 2017, will bring together different stakeholders of urban development from students, academia, civil society, private sector and the general public to celebrate the theme of World Cities Day 2017 "Innovative Governance, Open Cities". For more information please visit

United Kingdom

To celebrate UN World Cities Day the Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority of the University of Warwick is holding a half-day event to showcase cities research at Warwick. Besides offering the opportunity to hear more about the wide variety of research being undertaken in the cities space, this event will also offer the opportunity to advance university wide relationships and to learn more about research opportunities linked to cities. For more information please visit

Sound Diplomacy are hosting an open doors event at their office in Shoreditch to launch their guide to becoming a music city. Anyone is free to drop by and have a chat about music's place in our towns, cities and urban developments. The event will commemorate World Cities Day on 31 October 2017. For more information please visit

International Growth Centre will host a Twitter chat on the central role of innovative governance for urbanisation as a source of global development and social inclusion. As governments in many developing countries struggle to keep pace with the demands of rapidly urbanizing cities, questions about the governance of cities have magnified in significance. Local and municipal governments are expected to deliver an ever-expanding range of infrastructure and services to enhance both the livability and productivity of cities. In this context, innovation in managing the urbanisation process and in policies to support inclusive growth in cities is crucial. The event will endeavor to address these questions: Can different municipal structures prove more or less effective in managing rapid urban growth? What can national governments do to help facilitate effective urban governance? How can cities improve their accountability to citizens in delivering services and making large scale investments? And how can big data help policymakers address the needs of rapidly growing cities? The event will be to celebrate World Cities Day on 31 October 2017. Join researchers, policy makers and urban experts as they debate what are the biggest challenges associated with governance in fast growing cities today. Register your interest to join the Twitter chat here. You can also contribute to the discussion by using #citiesthatwork. For more information please visit

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