Urban October 2021

During Urban October this year around 520 online, hybrid and physical events focused on improving life in our cities and towns took place around the world.

The month began with World Habitat Day 2021 on Monday 4 October focused on Accelerating urban action for a carbon free future.  Over 55 events took place including in the USA, Korea, Cambodia, Philippines, Spain, Ghana, Mexico, Somaliland, Kenya, Peru and Nepal.

The Global Observance in Yaounde Cameroon was attended or watched by around 1,200 people. The high level hybrid ceremony at the Town Hall in the morning included a mix of video messages, online and in person speeches from dignitaries including the First Lady of Turkey, the UN Secretary-General, the Executive Director of UNEP, the Secretary General of UCLG, Cameroon’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus, Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, Poland’s Secretary of State, Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy and a representative from the African Union. It was co-moderated by UN-Habitat.

UN-Habitat presented the Scroll of Honour Awards  to this year’s five winners  with Egypt’s Vice Minister for Housing Khaled Mahmoud Abbas receiving the award for his country’s New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA). Representatives from Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), Kenya, Let’s do it World Estonia and Ciudad Emergente, Chile attended the ceremony in Yaoundé while Baoji City, China sent a video.

Urban October closed with the eighth celebration of World Cities Day 2021 on 31 October under the theme Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience and coincided with the opening of the UN Climate Conference - COP 26. There were nearly 50 events including in China, Mexico, India, USA, Benin, Netherlands, Brazil, Kenya, Ecuador, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya and Chile.

The Global Observance was in Luxor, Egypt and was attended by the Egyptian Prime Minister, the Minister of Local Development and the Governor of Luxor, There were videos, messages and speeches from the UN Secretary-General, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the Director General of the World Health Organization, the President of the UN-Habitat Assembly, UN-Habitat’s Goodwill Ambassador for Arab States, China’s Minister for Housing and Urban Rural Development, the Shanghai Mayor, the President of the United Cities and Local Governments network, the Mayor of Ekaterinburg, Russia (a former World Cities Day host) and the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy and his Envoy on Road Safety. There was a live link up to the World Cities Day at Expo2020Dubai and a field trip to UN-Habitat’s River Bank Filtration technology. Around 1500 people joined in person or online.

During Urban October in total around 520 events took place including 174 as part of the Urban Circuit in Brazil. The events also included the Innovate for Cities Conference, launch of the Saudi Green Initiative in Riyadh and the SDG Conference in Shanghai. The Americas held the most events (330), followed by Europe (81), Asia (58) and Africa (37). In terms of individual countries, Brazil hosted the most events (182), followed by Mexico (52), Spain (30), Bolivia (28) and Ecuador, Kenya and USA (20).

This year’s Urban October focused on the climate crisis which is also the theme of UN-Habitat’s campaign on ClimateAction4Cities but events could be on any aspect of sustainable urbanization. Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. The United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” puts sustainable urbanization at the centre of the global agendas for development. The adoption of the New Urban Agenda in 2016 has seen national and local governments embark on a transformative path towards making SDG11 a reality.

World Cities Day 2021 Photo Gallery

Urban October Powerpoint

Social Media

HOW TO FORMULATE THE SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT PLAN?

City of peace, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Green jobs as drivers of growth in African cities

London, Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Green jobs as drivers of growth in African cities

London, Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Sustainable Urbanisation in the Commonwealth

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

LABORATORIOS DE SIMULACIÓN URBANA

La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

SDG Cities Global Conference

Nairobi (please note that the conference has a global outreach), Kenya

Green Cities Book Talk

NY, United States of America

Ciudades Sostenible Inclusivas y Amigables

Tarija, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

BiciBús

Barcelona, Spain

Reto urbano #SNG2030

San Nicolás de los garza, Mexico

S.T.L ( Share, Teach, Learn )

Salamiyah, Syrian Arab Republic

Alcalá Verde

Alcalá de Henares, Spain

LokaKarya#1

Bandung, Indonesia

LA MOVILIDAD URBANA IMPULSADA POR LIDEREZAS

Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Cine en tu Comunidad

Zapopan, jalisco, Mexico

Concurso de ideas 2021

Ciudad de México, Mexico

Las plantas, amigas de ciudades libres de carbono

La Paz - Bolivia, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Jungle Clean with #UNLEASH

Johannesburg, South Africa

Feria y marcha por el Día Mundial del Hábitat

Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

DÍA MUNDIAL DEL HÁBITAT

HIDALGO DEL PARRAL, Mexico

Urbanismo doméstico Latinoamericano

Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Construyendo la Agenda Urbana Empresarial de Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Sustainable Coventry and Warwickshire Symposium

Coventry, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

TUMI 5 Year Anniversary

Bonn / Eschborn, Germany

TUMI 5 Year Anniversary

Bonn / Eschborn, Germany

Virtual Housing Fair

Quezon City, Philippines

Virtual Housing Fair

Quezon City, Philippines

Virtual Housing Fair

Quezon City, Philippines

Virtual Housing Fair

Quezon City, Philippines

Taller de Indicadores Temáticos para la Cultural 2030 UNESCO

La Paz - virtual, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Celebration of World Habitat Day, 2021

Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

La CASA como tema

Caracas, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Urban October EdoMex

Estado de Mexico, Mexico

Her City

Pretoria & Johannesburg, South Africa

Her City

Pretoria & Johannesburg, South Africa

Urban Talks

San José, Costa Rica

La Movilidad Activa impulsada por liderezas

Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Nakuru, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Nakuru, Kenya
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Berbera, Somalia
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Kisumu, Kenya
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Pretoria & Johannesburg, South Africa
Urban October
Local Observation
Worldwide, South Africa
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Pretoria, South Africa
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Owerri, Imo State , Nigeria
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Porto-Novo, Benin
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Accra, Ghana
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi (please note that the conference has a global outreach), Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Douala, Cameroon
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Lilongwe, Malawi
Urban October
Local Observation
Nakuru, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Kisumu, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Johannesburg, South Africa
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Luxor, Egypt
World Habitat Day
Global Observation
Yaounde, Cameroon
World Cities Day
Global Observation
Luxor, Egypt
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Istanbul, Turkey
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Istanbul, Turkey
Urban October
Local Observation
Salamiyah, Syrian Arab Republic
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Mandaluyong, Philippines
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Amritsar, India
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Calicut, India
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Kathmandu, Nepal
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Islamabad, Pakistan
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Bangalore, India
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Fukuoka city, Japan
Urban October
Local Observation
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Jakarta, Indonesia
Urban October
Local Observation
Hayama, Japan
Urban October
Local Observation
Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Goyang City, Republic of Korea
Urban October
Local Observation
Bangkok, Thailand
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Makati, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
Urban October
Local Observation
Macao, China
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Bandung, Indonesia
Urban October
Local Observation
Tel Aviv, Israel
Urban October
Local Observation
Akko, Israel
Urban October
Local Observation
Kobe, Japan
Urban October
Local Observation
Pune, India
Urban October
Local Observation
Bangkok, Thailand
Urban October
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
Urban October
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Jakarta, Indonesia
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
World Cities Day
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Calicut, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
KOZHIKODE, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Hyderabad, India
Urban October
Local Observation
Gurugram, India
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
East Jakarta, Indonesia
World Cities Day
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Panruti, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Pune, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Shizuoka, Japan
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Purwokerto, Indonesia
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Salzburg, Austria
Urban October
Local Observation
Moscow, Russian Federation
Urban October
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bilbao, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bologna, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Milan, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Milan, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Coventry, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Leicester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Stockholm, Sweden
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Urban October
Local Observation
Hamburg, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Geneva, Switzerland
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Rome, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Tarragona, Cataluña, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
A Coruña, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Brussels, Belgium
World Cities Day
Local Observation
London, Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Louvain la Neuve, Belgium
Urban October
Local Observation
Geneva, Switzerland
Urban October
Local Observation
MADRID, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Kharkiv, Ukraine
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Odense, Denmark
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Valencia, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Copenhagen, Denmark
Urban October
Local Observation
Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Vienna, Austria
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Heerlen, Netherlands
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Córdoba, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Mérida, Mexico
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Sinaloa state, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
City of peace, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Bogota, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Manta, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Texcoco, Estado de México, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Cali, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
SANTO DOMINGO, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz - virtual, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Tizayuca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Toronto, Canada
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Posadas, Argentina
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Honolulu, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
HIDALGO DEL PARRAL, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Mexico City, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Lima, Peru
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Tijuana, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Monterrey, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
San Nicolás de los garza, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico city, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Cúcuta, Colombia
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Guanajuato, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
São Paulo, Brazil
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Lake Worth, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
México, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Honolulu, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Ciudad de México, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Torreón, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Urban October
Local Observation
Ibagué, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Puebla, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Lanús, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
Caracas, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Urban October
Local Observation
ECATEPEC ESTADO DE MEXICO, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Puebla, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Zapopan, jalisco, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Bogotá, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Villa del Rosario, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
São Paulo, Brazil
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
texcoco, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
ESTADO DE MEXICO, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Virtual/global, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Tarija, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX., Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Bogotá, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad de México, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
NY, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
CDMX, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico City, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico City, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Chiclayo, Peru
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
San Nicolás de los garza, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
San José, Costa Rica
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
La Paz - Bolivia, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Villa del Rosario, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Cuidad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Urban October
Local Observation
Cuidad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Urban October
Local Observation
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Santiago, Chile
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Washington, DC, United States of America
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Carcarañá, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Villa del Rosario, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico-City, Mexico
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad de México, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Tunja, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Mendoza, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico City, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Zapopan, Mexico
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Guadalajara, Mexico
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Philadelphia, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Colima, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Colima, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Tunja, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
San Nicolás de los garza, Mexico
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Bogota, Colombia
World Cities Day
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
natal / Ijuí, Brazil
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Arraial do cabo, estado do rio de janeiro - brasília, distrito federal, capital do brasil. , Brazil
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Arraial do cabo, estado do rio de janeiro - brasília, distrito federal, capital do brasil. , Brazil
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Sinaloa state, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Camdon, United States of America

Urban October Reports

2020 Urban October Report
Urban October Report | New York Liaison Office
Urban October Report | Spain Office
UO Report 2020 Summary