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Urban October

Urban October is a time of raising awareness, promoting participation, generating knowledge and engaging the international community on sustainable urban development.


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.

  • Africa & Arab States
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe & Former Soviet Union States
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America
  • Oceania


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development organized a conference at the Faculty of Architecture, University Agostinho Neto in Luanda on World Habitat Day. The conference gathered the actors of the National Urban Agenda for reflection and debate on the Sustainable Development Goals of the New Urban Agenda, aligned with the National Programme of Urbanisation and Housing. The event had a participation of 200 people.


Commenting on the theme of this year's World Habitat Day, which is "Housing at the Centre", the minister affirmed through the National Strategic Master Plan for Bahrain, the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry had provided the necessary areas to meet the citizens' various development needs, especially decent housing. "Under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and thanks to the constant follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, the government has been keen on providing all requirements of sustainable urban development, and has shown great interest in the sustainable urban development in all areas through launching development policies and programmes across the kingdom's governorates," the minister said in a statement marking the kingdom's celebration of the UN World Habitat Day which falls on Monday, October 3. Read more at http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/748020


Habitat III in partnership with the Government of Botswana held an Urban Breakfast on 7th October in Gaborone. The event  was held under the title "Towards a New Urban Agenda- Inclusive Housing Solutions"96 participants attended the event with representation coming from the National Government, the UN System, Private sector and youth.

In Botswana this year, 3rd October World Habitat Day was commemorated in Gumare Village in North West district, under the theme: "Housing at the Centre". Commemorations were kick-started by a Health Walk in the morning to mark the event. This was followed by exhibitions of products and services by Government Departments/Ministries, Parastatals, Private Sector companies, entertainment in the form of traditional dance, poetry and drama; and award of prizes to the 2016 World Habitat Day Competition Winners. The Guest Speaker at this event was the Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Honorable Prince Maele. Other key speakers of the day were Mr John Marenga and Ms Gosego Ramojadife who gave testimonies to how they have benefited from the Self-Help Housing Agency (SHHA) Loans and Turnkey Development Scheme, respectively. Approximately 250 people attended the event.


The Commonwealth Cavypha-Commonwealth Women's Network will hold an Urban October event on 28 October 2016. The highlights of the event will be presentations of existing government policies on how the election and appointment of local authorities can promote resilient smart cities, social housing and infrastructure programmes to address the needs of the population.  Experts will educate participants on how to participate in protecting the environment in collaboration with governments, private sector, civil society organizations among others for a better city where everyone follow rules and regulations on urban policies to promote a better urban future. The event is expected to attract a participation of approximately 1000 people.


The Global Observance of World Habitat Day was held on 3 October 2016 in N'Djamena, Chad, in an event organized by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Ministry of Territorial Planning, Housing and Urban Development. The event was held under the theme of World Habitat Day 2016 Housing at the Centre, and included discussions on urbanization of Africa and the New Urban Agenda. The event was officiated by Dr. Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and Secretary General of the Habitat III Conference, and Mr. David Houdeingar, the Honourable Minister of Territorial Planning, Housing and Urban Development. For more information, please read http://unhabitat.org/putting-housing-at-the-centre-this-world-habitat-day/

As part of the commemoration of Urban October and World Cities Day, Chad held a National Urban Forum from the 26th of October to 31st October 2016 in its capital city of N'Djamena.

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

The Tehran Municipality will organize the Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award for the Top Urban Management Projects on 30 October 2016 in celebration of the World Cities Day. The award will be given to the best projects and practices in cities and local communities worldwide and aims to value local governments and urban management in order to promote sustainable social and economic development, maintain cities' stability, and advance the citizens' lives. It is a comprehensive, scientific, and non-profit plan which professionally concentrates on introducing and supporting the top international urban management projects as well as exchanging the experiences of the civic management. Annually and concurrently with World Cities Day, Tehran Mayor hands out the award to the most influential city managers or citizens in delivering key urban projects and sustainable urban development. The event is expected to garner over 1500 people participation. For more information please visit http://ccia.tehran.ir/Default.aspx?tabid=205.


The Centre for Climate Change Awareness partnered with Consolata Shrine, Nairobi County Council and the National Youth Service in Nairobi in a cleanup exercise in the city's Waiyaki Way and Westlands central business district. The exercise, carried out on 8 October 2016, involved picking and collection of garbage and litter, in addition to unblocking drainage tunnels. The occasion was used to sensitize people on the need to keep their habitat clean by taking more responsibility. About 200 people were involved in the initiative. For more information email info@centreforcca.org.


Habitat III in partnership with the Government of Malawi held and Urban Breakfast on 3 October on Lilongwe. The event which also commemorated World Habitat Day was held under the title Financing Urban Development in the Context of the New Urban Agenda. More than 100 participants attended the event with representation coming from the National Government, UNDP, the World Bank, and Private sector.

South Africa

On 5th October 2015, eThekwini Municipality joined 50 other cities that participated in a series of Urban Breakfasts to raise awareness of the New Urban Agenda before the Habitat III conference in Quito in mid-October. This was indeed a historic moment as provincial and city political leadership joined civil society stakeholders as they deliberated on pertinent themes related to Habitat 3. The Urban Breakfast was themed "Cities for the People" and garnered over 100 participants.


The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing organized an unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony at a housing development project in celebration of World Habitat Day. The event took place on 3 October under the theme Housing at the Centre. There were approximately 400 participants at the event.



On 6th and 18th October, Cambodia Urban Art paid tribute to urban artists with exceptional pieces in their country. See their works onhttp://neocha.com/magazine/chifumi-tattowiermeister/ and the official fan page https://www.facebook.com/Cambodiaurbanart/


The United Nations designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day to promote the international community's interest in global urbanization, and to push forward cooperation among countries in contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. World Cities Day marks the end of Urban October month of celebrations, events and activities that took place all over the world. In China, The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MOHURD), in collaboration with UN-Habitat and Fujian Provincial Government, held an event with a special focus on global sustainable urbanization in Xiamen. Furthermore, in Shanghai, it was organized a Forum on Urban Culture and Quality of City Life by the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources.

Walk21 Hong Kong, the 17th annual Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, was held for the first time in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3th -7th October 2016. Walk21 Hong Kong is an international conference co-sponsored by Walk21 - a global leader in championing walking, and Civic Exchange - a renowned Asian public policy Think Tank. Hong Kong was earmarked as leading the charge to become one of Asia's most walkable cities. Paricipants were given a first-hand experience on how "pedestrian-first" environments promote economic growth, social inclusion and health and well-being. 

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MOHURD), in collaboration with UN-Habitat and Fujian Provincial Government, will hold the 2016 World Cities Day Forum in Xiamen, China, on 31 October. The National Observance of World Cities Day will focus on the theme its theme Inclusive Cities, Shared Development, with a focus on global Sustainable Urban Development, the creation of livable cities, and China's cooperation with countries along or related to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in the field of urban development. During the event, the Xiamen Initiative on Urban Development will be adopted. The event will be presided over by the Deputy Minister of MOHURD and the Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kyacira. Other invited guests include representatives of urban development authorities in China and around the world, city leaders and experts, particularly from countries along Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Shanghai Housing and Urban-Rural Construction and Management Committee and the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources will host the 2016 World Cities Day-Shanghai Forum from 31 October to 1 November 2016 at the Shanghai Design Centre. The Forum will be held under the theme Urban Culture and Quality City. This will be one of the ten World Cities Day activities and events organized in Shanghai during Urban October 2016. For more information on the planned WCD events and activities in Shanghai please visit http://wcd.shjjw.gov.cn/cityday/events/index.html


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and UN-Habitat held World Habitat Day national event on 3 October 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi under the theme 'Housing at the Centre'. The event was graced by the presence of Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of State of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Rao Inderjit Singh, UN-Habitat Regional Director of Asia and Pacific, Mr. Yoshinobu Fukasawa and UN Resident Coordinator in India, Mr. Yuri Afanasiev. The guests visited the exhibition showcasing India's initiatives in the housing sector, participated in the launch of Habitat III India Report and distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions held on the occasion of World Habitat Day. Mr. Fukasawa and Mr. Afanasiev appreciated the efforts taken by Government of India in promoting affordable housing and sustainable urban development. More than 500 people participated in the event. Please view the launch of the National Report via @YouTube here.

IIMT College of Engineering organized a World Habitat Day event on 3 October 2016 to provide a platform for students to present their innovative ideas through poster making competition on Smart City and applications of Engineering. The program was organized by the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering.

Amity University Madhya Pradesh organized three events in the city of Gwalior on 3 October 2016 to celebrate World Habitat Day. The events were centered around the theme of Housing at the Centre with the following titles being given to each event: 1) Low cost housing concept presentation 2) Logo designing 3) Model making. The event had 80 participants, for more information please visit www.amity.edu/gwalior/

The Meenakshi School of Architecture in Chennai organized its 3rd Annual Urban Design Conference on 6 October 2016 under the theme Sustainable Cities. The event featured talks, a panel discussion, video presentations and an exhibition in line with the theme. The event attracted a participation of 300 people.

Integral University - Lucknow earmarked 3 October as an important academic event in its academic calendar with a participation of 250 people commemorating World Habitat Day. On this occasion a Seminar on the theme of Built Environment in Changing Cities was organized and presided over by Prof. S. W. Akhtar, the Vice Chancellor of the University, and was graced by the following senior professionals as guests of honour: Mr. M.S. Khan, Chairman - State Environmental Appraisal Committee, G.O.I, Prof. Jagbir Singh, Principal, Faculty of Architecture, APJAKTU, Lucknow and Ar. D.S. Bhui- Sr. Practicing Architect and Urban Designer, Lucknow. The Theme Presentation was made by Ar. Rajat Kant, Sr. Architect and Urban Planner of Lucknow. In addition to this, there were presentations by the students and faculty members of various architecture colleges of Lucknow as well as a panel discussion by senior professionals in the field of Architecture, Town Planning and Civil Engineering on the theme of Built Environment in Changing Cities. The event was coordinated by Prof. Subodh Shankar, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Integral University, Lucknow. For more information please visit www.integraluniversity.ac.in.


At the culminating stage of the Urban October, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing held the World Cities Day celebration on Monday, October 31st 2016 in Gedung Auditorium Kementerian PUPR. The theme of this year's World Cities Day was "Inclusive Cities, Shared Development". The exhibition was opened by the Minister of Public Works and Housing with praying speech and venue observation. The celebration was an opportunity to socialize the New Urban Agenda. As known, the New Urban Agenda was just adopted in the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador. The socialization program was delivered by Dr. Ir. Lana Winayanti, MCP (Expert Staff to the Minister of Public Works and Housing, in the field of social culture and society role), and moderated by Ms. Teti Armiati Argo. The events conducted in the exhibition were a talkshow and Q&A session, Socialization for Cities Without Slums (KOTAKU) Program, book launching, and photo exhibition. On this occasion, the winners of the photo competition namely "Poros Penggerak Pembangunan Perkotaan yang Berkelanjutan." ("The Axis of Sustainable Urban Development Driver") were announced. The prizes to the winners delivered by the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Basoeki Hadimuljono, and the Directorate General of Housing Provision, Mr. Syarif Burhanuddin, respectively
Source: http://humas.pu.go.id/foto/detail/216/Hari-Kota-Dunia-Membangun-Kota-Berkarakter-Dengan-Gotong-Royon...


World Habitat Day 2016 was celebrated officially on 3-4 December 2016 at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was celebrated under the Carnival KPKT 2016 which was organized by the Ministry of Urban Well Being, Housing and Local Government (KPKT). Even though it was celebrated in December but all the activities involve such as Habitat Moment Program and Photojournalism Competition had started earlier on. In the spirit of National Blue Ocean Strategies (NBOS), World Habitat Day Celebration in Malaysia was celebrated together with the other three KPKT flagship events, namely;

  •  World City Planning Day
  •  World Toilet Day
  • National Recycle Day

Malaysia celebrated World Habitat Day under the theme the sub theme Sustainable Cities for Healthy Communities. The WHD activities included:

Habitat Awareness Mobile Team - The team held an exhibition at two main KPKT functions. These included a Mural Day in the State of Perak, and during Carnival KPKT 2016 at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Photojournalism Competition - The objective of the competition was to instill awareness and passion towards the environment. The participants were required to produce the photos according to the theme of the competition which was Sustainable Cities for Healthy Communities. The photo that won the competition will be featured on the cover for the 8th Issue of Malaysia Habitat Magazine.

Analysis Scenario Habitat Scenario Competition - The Analysis Scenario Habitat Competition was divided into 3 categories (lower secondary school, upper secondary school and students from higher learning Institutions). Each group had to produce innovative ideas in the form of articles contributing to the betterment of the environment. The theme for the competition was also Sustainable Cities for Healthy Communities.

Habitat Magazine 2016 Publication - First published in 2009, the publication highlights current research by local universities, local authorities, municipalities and professionals towards improving living environment in Malaysia. This Magazine incorporates articles pertaining to the theme which Sustainable Cities for Healthy Communities.

House Build Program - The House Build Program involved the establishment of 46 houses.


Myanmar celebrated this year's World Habitat Day, with the government reaffirming its commitment to make affordable housing a priority. UN-Habitat representatives joined members of communities from a slum area in Hlaing Tharyar Township in Yangon's periphery, who had organised a World Habitat Day whose theme was 'Housing at the Centre' celebration to draw attention to their lives. Visiting guests, which included Members of Parliament, NGOs, and academics, were treated to cultural and traditional dances from the Ayarwaddy Region from where many had migrated in the aftermath of natural disasters. Slum community members spoke of their needs and aspirations, including their biggest issue on the lack of security of shelter. Read more http://unhabitat.org/myanmar-celebrates-world-habitat-day/

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka held the national World Habitat Day 2016 celebration on Housing at the Centre on 3 October in Polonnaruwa District. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest at the celebrations. The event, which drew the participation of over 2,000 community members, was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Construction. The highlight of the event was the opening of the Sugaladevi Model Village by His Excellency the President in Dimbulagala DS division in Polonnnaruwa, comprising of 24 permanent houses with infrastructure facilities. At the opening ceremony, His Excellency the President stated that 2017 will be declared as "The Year for Alleviation of Poverty" in Sri Lanka and that the Government will give priority towards addressing housing issues in the country. The Minister of housing and construction stressed the importance of introducing environment friendly housing country-wide. He pledged to find solutions to the housing issues in Polonnaruwa district, commencing with 50 housing projects in 2017. The Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction, the Hon. Indika Bandaranayake, Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Hon. Peshala Jayarathne, State Minister of Irrigation and Water Management, Hon. Wasantha Senanayake and the Country Programme Manager of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Mr Chanaka Talpahewa, also participated at the event. Representatives from key housing and urban sector agencies in Sri Lanka were also present. Mr. Chanaka Talpahewa reading the UN-Habitat Executive Director's message, stated "Adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy. It is part of the right to an adequate standard of living and it means much more than having four walls and a roof." He further stated that the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal's target "To ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums by 2030" are both fundamental to ensure a dignified life for millions of people worldwide. The event also featured song and dance presentations by local school children and concluded with the handing over of prizes to school children for art and essay competitions, awards to Construction Industrial development Authority (CIDA) trainees and house ownership documents to residents.


In commemoration of World Habitat Day 3 October 2016 in Bangkok, groups representing urban poor communities in Thailand marched to the United Nations compound where they were welcomed by representatives from UNESCAP and UN-Habitat. Approximately 2000 people presented a petition to be forwarded to the UN Secretary General. Echoing this year's theme for World Habitat Day Housing at the Centre the petition called for the Royal Government of Thailand and the United Nations to support more secure and affordable housing for the urban and rural poor in Thailand. For more information please visit escap-edd-suds@un.org.



UWC Dilijan College organized a presentation on "Urban Stories" by multidisciplinary Lebanese artist, sculptor and architect Nadim Karam. Nadim was commissioned to create a sculpture for Lover's Park in Yerevan and gave a talk about his working practice and the social engagement aspect of public art projects as well as the need for creativity coming from the Middle East. He has authored large-scale urban art installations for cities across the globe and has participated in international events such as the Liverpool, Venice, and Gwangju biennales. See more at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/urban-stories-talk-by-nadim-karam-tickets-28504589996


Habitat III in cooperation with the city of Brussels and the United Nations Regional Information Centre, hosted an Urban Breakfast at City Hall, Grand Place, Brussels on 6 October 2016. The event was organized under the title the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and the New Urban Agenda. Attendants received a warm welcome from the Mayor of Brussels, Mr. Yvan Mayeur, who spoke of the need for social inclusion in the fight against climate change. Architect, Mr. Luc Schuiten gave an impressive presentation on the way he believes cities should employ natural materials that embody the ecosystems around us and utilise living products to become more sustainable and resilient. Moderated by Ms. Caroline Petit, Deputy Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre, the Breakfast hosted a panel discussion: Mr. Kumaresh Misra, Deputy Secretary General of Habitat III, talked about the compelling nature of the New Urban Agenda in viewing urbanisation as an opportunity for economic development that can bring prosperity and accommodate expectations of income, safety, and a better future by working together. Furthermore, Mathieu Fichter, Cabinet DG Regio of the European Commission, emphasised the importance of interconnectivity and learning from each other, as the challenges to cities are not static and can only be overcome by working together, while the inclusion of communities and understanding the concerns for urbanisation by the younger generation was highlighted by Mr Ahmed El Ktibi, Deputy Mayor of Brussels.

More than one hundred countries and international organizations gathered in Brussels on October 4-5 to renew their partnership with Afghanistan. Building on the commitments made at the 2012 Tokyo Conference and 2014 London Conference, the international community recommitted to providing substantial financial support to Afghanistan as it moves toward self-reliance during its Transformation Decade (2015-2024). The Brussels Conference opened on October 4 with side events on women's empowerment and regional economic cooperation. The first event brought together high-level representatives of the Afghan government, Afghan civil society, and international community, including the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, and USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. This event reinforced the importance of women's rights to the country's overall development, and discussed how to further improve the situation of Afghan women and girls. At the second event, representatives of the Afghan private sector, their regional partners, and donors discussed ways to mobilize support for regional infrastructure projects and promote regional trade and development. The main event on October 5 featured remarks by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Council President Donald Tusk, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Representatives of Afghan civil society also addressed the conference, reminding everyone of the Afghan government and its partners' ultimate accountability to the Afghan people. Donors pledged a total of $15.2 billion over the next four years to support Afghanistan's development priorities and its long-term goal of achieving self-reliance by 2025. For its part, the United States pledged to maintain civilian assistance to Afghanistan at or very near current levels through 2020.


Chaque année, l'évènement du Jour de la Nuit entend rappeler les nuisances portées par le sur-éclairage de nos nuits sur l'environnement, la biodiversité et la santé humaine. Coordonné par l'association Agir pour l'Environnement et réalisé en partenariat avec 25 organisations associatives et institutionnelles, le Jour de la Nuit mobilise de nombreuses collectivités, associations et structures locales afin de sensibiliser sur les effets et les conséquences de la pollution lumineuse. Cette année la 8ème édition du Jour de la Nuit (08 Octobre 2016) souhaite mettre en valeur les initiatives et pratiques locales en faveur de la réduction de la pollution lumineuse. La mise en œuvre d'une approche globale de l'impact de l'éclairage artificiel dans les réflexions de réduction de consommation énergétique doit en effet être une priorité pour les décideurs politiques locaux

20th Octobre 2016: Rencontre Innov'Eco "Végétalisation et agriculture urbaines. Quels enjeux ? Quels outils ?" La ville doit relever plusieurs défis liés à sa végétalisation : nécessité de mieux gérer les eaux pluviales, nécessité de maîtriser les phénomènes d'îlots de chaleur, nouvelles contraintes sur l'entretien des espaces verts (sans phytosanitaires chimiques prochainement et limitation des ressources en eau dans certaines régions...), besoin d'intégrer de la biodiversité, du confort d'usage aussi et de plus en plus à terme nécessité d'intégrer des moyens de production de ressources alimentaires (notion d'agriculture urbaine en pleine émergence)

L'AGENDA URBAIN 9eme Concept : 25 ans de création collective à Lille ! Depuis 25 ans, le collectif d'artistes 9eme Concept, incarné par Stéphane Carricondo, Ned et Jerk45, ne cesse de partager et diffuser son esthétique à travers diverses expositions, résidences, concepts interactifs et happenings pour rendre l'art accessible à tous.

1st October 2016: International Day of Older Persons "Say it with flowers" Every year on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, the little brothers of the poor organize the "Brotherhood of the Flowers" event. On this occasion, a stand was exhibited throughout the morning market, Place Foch, with volunteers of the House of Elders distributing flowers and sharing a moment of happiness !!!! The afternoon was devoted to nursing homes. The children's social centers of the city visited the Rockrose, the Olivier Blue, St. Cecilia, Annex Eugenie, The Castelluccio hospital. Each of them offered roses to the elderly.

From October 3 to 9, The Blue Imperial Week took place in Grossetti City themed "At any age to society"

Après le succès de la première édition d "Expériences Urbaines", alias #XU, en 2015, la Ville de Roubaix passe la seconde, fièrement épaulée par ses associations culturelles et sportives en 29 Septembre - 2 Octobre ! Voici donc #XU2016, soit quatre jours dédiés au hip hop, au street art, aux sports urbains et autres "expériences urbaines" ! Invités d'honneur pour cette deuxième édition : le groupe Sniper pour son grand retour à la scène mais aussi les street artistes Suso33, 3TTMan, Pantónio et Samina. Les artistes roubaisiens seront aussi au rendez vous : Mikostic, Benjamin Duquenne, Brahim Bouchelaghem, Olivier Dubois, DStreet DA-MAS, Moncef Bouchacha, Jimmy Omoï... Tout le week end, sur la Grand Place, chacun pourra participer et s'essayer au graff, à la danse (battle), à la musique (open mic), au BMX, au parkour, au street ball...


The Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability' held the first conference on 'Smart City-Regional Governance for Sustainability - Experimental Smartness' on 6th-7th October 2016 at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden/Germany. The conference focused in particular on 'experimental smartness' with the aim of exploring practical examples of how 'smartness' is approached by both policy makers and academia. This choice of focus addressed one of the primary aims of the RSA Network - to investigate meaning and practice of 'smartness' in city-regional governance.


The Cork City Council invites all to come and enjoy 'life in the city' this month with plenty to see and do for all ages and interests. Urban October showcases how well designed and managed public spaces have a positive impact on people who live in, visit or work in the city. It also highlights the many groups who are working together to make our city a better place to live and work in. From art exhibitions, food fairs and street music to guided walks, educational seminars and dance lessons, there truly is an experience to suit every taste this October in Cork City Centre. The estimated participation is 5000 people. Some of the highlights of the month include:

Rain Activated Art: Keep an eye out on the footpaths around the city centre during October as quotes and positive messages appear! An invisible spray will brighten up your day, turning rainy days into a reason to smile.

Cork City Centre - Looking Up: Enter their competition by identifying buildings around the city centre and be in with a chance of winning a tasting menu for four to the value of €200 in Greenes Restaurant in the Victorian Quarter.

Family Fun Day in the Old Town: An afternoon of family fun on Cornmarket Street/Coal Quay. There'll be an exciting range of activities, including human table football, face-painting, a scavenger hunt, music bingo and much more. There's something for every member of the family to enjoy.  For more information please visit www.corkcitycentre.ie/urbanoctober


Perugia hosted the 5th Edition of the "Umbria Salute e Benessere Festival" that consisted of a series of events, activities and workshops in the historical city center. The event highlighted the importance of sustainable development of the city and ensuring a healthy lifestyle for its citizens. The festival will took place from 12th to 17th October. See https://www.umbriatourism.it/-/umbria-salute-e-benessere-festival?p=/eventi&t=Eventi

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the UN hosted the World Food Day Ceremony on 14th October 2016. The Director-General of FAO was joined by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco and Macharia Kamau, United Nations Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate for the official World Food Day ceremony at FAO Headquarters. The message to the world leaders, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and all citizens was that climate change, hunger and poverty must be addressed together in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the international community. For more information, visit http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/wfd-ceremony/en/

14th October 2016 marked the second Mayors' Annual Summit in Milan attended by mayors and senior officials of cities across the world. In October 2015 the "Milan Urban Food Policy Pact" was signed by over 100 cities uniting mayors from Banjul to Barcelona and from Kyoto to Quito in the search for local solutions to end extreme poverty and malnutrition, reduce waste, protect biodiversity and adapt to climate change. Since then the number of member cities has increased to 130. This year mayors and city officials united for a second time to discuss their collaborative efforts in developing sustainable food systems in cities worldwide, and share experiences and best practices. More information at http://www.milanurbanfoodpolicypact.org/mayors-summit-2016/

The 3rd RAMSES Stakeholder Dialogue was held on 4th October 2016 in Rome addressing the topics of understanding vulnerabilities, assessing economic gains and unlocking the transformative potential of climate adaptation in cities.


The 15th World Conference Cities and Ports "Crossovers" 2016 was held on 5th- 7th October in Rotterdam. Interaction was one of the key objectives of the organisers of the conference. Almost 400 business professionals, policymakers and academics from all over the world met in Rotterdam andy explored crossovers between port and city—crossovers for economic and social innovations fuelled by new technologies, innovative businesses and new planning strategies between city and port. Visit http://citiesandports2016.aivp.org/en/

The International VOC-Symposium 5th Oct 2016 was on sustainable public tranport. Speakers from home and abroad came to Arnhem to give presentations with a good variety of technical treatises, visions, pitches and discussions. During the breaks the participants were able to have a drink, meet other people and check out the electric vehicles that were lined up outside. See https://www.vocsymposium.nl/en


Gesplansa has organized the Canaries Urban Dialogue to celebrate World Cities Day on 31 October 2016. The dialogue will be presenting an opportunity to initiate discussions on urban planning and the challenges of sustainable urban development by welcoming participants to experience and witness successful planning tools and urban interventions. The initiative will showcase affordable housing policy tools and models successfully appropriated by the community, which have helped to preserve and created affordable housing in the Canaries and also contributed to fighting land speculation and gentrification. More information is available at www.commarcagroup.com

UN-Habitat office in Madrid celebrated World Habitat Day with an open event addressing political representatives, academy, civil society, local government, media and communication professionals. The event was held at COAM Madrid. Mr. Eduardo Moreno, Head of Research and Capacity Development at UN-Habitat, was invited to present The World Cities Report 2016 and participate in a round table panel discussion organized to discuss Housing at the center of the New Urban Agenda. Other panelists included José María Ezquiaga, Dean of Madrid´s Architects Collegue; Anselmo Menéndez, a representative from the Ministry of Housing; Raquel Rodríguez, a Professor at Architecture Univertsity, Madrid; Juana López, a Spanish Federation of Cities and Villages representative, María Buhigas, an Urbanist and UN-Habitat consultant, and Pablo Linde, a journalist at ELPAíS and the moderator of the session.

A total of 120 cities from around 20 countries around the world were represented this year in the 7th edition of Greencities, Forum of Intelligence and Urban Sustainability, held between 5th-6th October in the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Malaga. The event was inaugurated by the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre; The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and for the Information Society, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo; The Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Junta de Andalucía, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano; The president of the Diputación Provincial de Málaga, Elías Bendodo; The rector of the University of Málaga (UMA), José Ángel Narváez; The president of the Andalusian Confederation of Employers (CEA), Javier González de Lara, and the president of AMETIC, José Manuel de Riva. More at http://greencities.malaga.eu/es/prensa/noticias/detalle-de-la-noticia/Malaga-capital-internacional-de-las-ciudades-inteligentes-con-la-septima-edicion-de-Greencities-que-reune-a-una-veintena-de-paises/#.WHYQodJ96ig


On the occasion of World Habitat Day on 3 October, Habitat III hosted an Urban Breakfast in Geneva, Switzerland. The event was organized under the title Together Towards the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Breakfast provided a final update on the upcoming Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and discussions on the draft New Urban Agenda. Participants included Mr. Arturo Cabrera, the representative of the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva and other key stakeholders. The event comprised of a panel discussion with Jean-Yves Barcelo making a presentation about planning, decentralisation, and access to basic services as the primary objectives of the New Urban Agenda. Other speakers included Rosa Mondardini who emphasised that listening to the public was an absolute necessity, and Amie Figueiredo who highlighted rising trends in inter-connectivity between European cities and building smart cities. The event took place at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

An Urban Walk was organized in Geneva on the 31st of October to commemorate the annual World Cities Day. The goal of the walk was to discover proper lighting for welcoming inclusive and safe urban public spaces.

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The Sustainable Cities GRP will hold a half-day World Cities 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 and the New Urban Agenda. This conference will: Explore Warwick's research in the cities space; Facilitate networking, discussion and collaboration between researchers and others keen to engage with and consider the new urban agenda and the challenges that cities face; Identify areas where the Sustainable Cities GRP can support the development of new, interdisciplinary research at Warwick. A call to Join the conversation: Students, researchers and all who have an interest in sustainable cities and have a desire to learn more about Warwick's work in this area, and all working in local, regional and national institutions and NGOs that have an interest in addressing the challenges faced by cities are invited to register. To learn how you can get involved, and for more information please visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/sustainablecities/newsandevents/calendar/citiesday.



UCLG celebrated Urban October on the eve of its UCLG World Congress in Bogota ahead of the Habitat III conference. It reaffirmed its commitment to the Right to the City for all and called on the international community to harness the New Urban Agenda to support local and regional governments and make it a reality. The world must #Listen2Cities at Habitat III! See article at https://www.bogota2016.uclg.org/en/media/we-celebrate-urban-october-eve-uclg-world-congress-and-habitat-iii


The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China, the Shanghai Municipality People's Government in collaboration with UN-Habitat will set up a a six day World Cities Day Exhibition. The Exhibition will run from 15-20 October at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.

UN-Habitat, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Ecuador (tbc), and Shanghai Minicipal People's Government will host The World Cities Day Theme Forum  on 18 October 2016. The Forum, a Networking Event of the Habitat III Conference will take place from 4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m. in MR10 at Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito, Ecuador. The Event will have three main segments: A High-Level Segment with presentations from representatives from the four host organizations on World Cities Day and its theme Inclusive Cities, Shared Development ; the Launch of Shanghai Manual 2016 followed by an Experts Dialogue on the Manual; and  Substantive Discussion Session featuring speakers from select associations and academia.

UN-Habitat, the City of Quito and Shanghai Municipal People's Government will hold a 10 day World Cities Day Exhibition at Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador. The exhibition will run from 21-31 October 2016.

Coming only few days after the Habitat III Conference, the Global Observance of World Cities Day 2016 took place in Quito, Ecuador, in the historic scenario of the City Museum. The event organized by UN-Habitat, the City of Quito and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government offered an opportunity for both local and international stakeholders to discuss instruments to effectively put into action the New Urban Agenda. After listening the UN Secretary-General message , the session was opened by Mr.Bai Tinghui, Director of Shanghai Water Authority, representing the Vice Mayor of Shanghai, who shared China's best practices on sustainable urbanization and transformative urban development in line with the Quito Declaration principles. The Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, highlighted the commitment of Quito as Habitat III hosting-city in being pioneer in implementing the New Urban Agenda with a long term urban plan that will enhance the public transportation, urban security, and city's environment. Kumaresh Misra, Deputy Secretary-General of the Habitat III Conference pointed that "it is essential to keep the momentum created by the Habitat III Conference and use this to channel resources and support towards an effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda. For this reason the World Cities Day and other related initiatives acquire an even more important role to increasingly raise awareness on sustainable urbanization." The session also counted with the participation of Zhang Bing, Julio Echeverria and David Gouverneur as key note speakers of the roundtable Urban Talk on inclusive cities and informal settlements planning.

The  FNAU  officially announced Monday, October 17 as the date to launch a "global network of metropolitan planning agencies" as part of the Habitat III conference dedicated to sustainable urban development. As a result of several months of reflection led by the federation, the  IAU-IDF  and the  AFD , the network provides several objectives namely: 1)Facilitate exchanges between the agencies and allow sharing experiences, 2) Develop peer co-operations peer support and 3) The creation of urban locations worldwide.

The Global Observance of World Cities Day will take place on 31 October from 09:30a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at City Museum (Museo de la Ciudad) in Quito, Ecuador. The event will be organized by UN-Habitat, the City of Quito and Shanghai Municipal People's Government. This session will include a high-level segment with guest speakers representing UN-Habitat and the host cities, as well as the participation of key note speakers in the field of urban development in a round table discussion dubbed the Urban Talk, which will feature the theme of World Cities Day 2016, Inclusive Cities, Shared Development. For more information please visit the World Cities Day website


Mr. Santiago Martinez of the Rural Interaction Project planned a public art campaign in the city of Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo) as part of his own expression and celebration of the World Habitat Day on 3 October 2016. He displayed #HabitatDay on his cart while selling coffee, wore a branded backpack container and posted content on his social media platforms related to climate change, biodiversity, ecology, art, urban development, social issues, social economy.

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Every year on October 5, Fiji celebrates the anniversary of its independence from Britain in 1970. Fiji Day is the culmination of a weeklong celebration aptly called Fiji Week.