Urban October

Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. 2018 was the most successful Urban October on record with a total of 61 countries and 107 cities marking World Habitat Day and World Cities Day, and hosting events to celebrate Urban October.

Urbanization presents some of the most significant opportunities and challenges in the world today. Cities are centres for economic growth and development but also face demographic, environmental, economic and social challenges.

The United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal 11 “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” puts sustainable urbanization as one of the key priorities of the global agendas for development. It has been called the ‘docking station’ for all the other SDGs. The adoption of the new Urban Agenda by the United Nations in 2016 has seen national and local governments around the world embark on a transformative path towards making SDG11 a reality. By engaging all stakeholders, cities have the ability to harness transformational change and improve the life of their inhabitants. However, in many context cities lack the capacity to enact this change. Ensuring cities have the capacity, capability and tools to address the challenges posed by urbanization has become a pressing global issue.
More Information about Urban October is also here
Check out some great suggestions for events you and your community can organize for Urban October
Please see here for more information about hosting the Global Observance of World Habitat Day or World Cities Day in 2020

YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2019

Africa’s greatest resource is arguably its nearly 420 million youth. Yet, this tremendous asset is relatively untapped.

Rehabilitació façana del CAATEEB en clau Brossa

We propose to do an activity in which to put all the creativity of the children and their families at the service of the rehabilitation and we will use to celebrate two major events: Commemoration

2019 World Habitat Day Commemoration

Botswana joins the international community in celebrating World Habitat Day.

Name of Organization: Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development

Semana de la construcción, la arquitectura y la ingeniería avanzadas

The event is oriented to explore the trends of the habitat sector and share our experience to contribute to the progress of the companies and organizations that integrate.

Ecocity World Summit 2019

Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature.

Movie screening to celebrate World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day on 7 October is a moment to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

Trash Talk: Educate. Innovate. Act!

Trash Talk is an avenue to stir up conversations on waste management issues in the Philippines.

World Cities Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day, observed on the first Monday of October each year, supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities and human settlements – to leave no one and no place behi