Urban October is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns. Each October, everyone interested in sustainable urbanization from national and local governments to universities, NGOs and communities is encouraged to hold or participate in activities, events, and discussions.

The month begins with World Habitat Day on the first Monday of the month, 5 October in 2020, and ends with World Cities Day on 31 October. Activities can take place on those specific days or at any time during the month.

This year’s World Habitat Day global observance will be held virtually on 5 October, hosted by the city of Surabaya, in Indonesia while other celebrations of World Habitat Day are held round the globe on the theme Housing For All: A Better Urban Future.

The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award is one of the highlights of World Habitat Day global observance. The award, a plaque engraved with the name of the winner, will be presented to the selected winners during the global observance.

World Cities Day 2020 is the seventh global celebration since it was launched on 31 October 2014 in Shanghai, China. The theme is Better City, Better Life and the sub-theme for this year is Valuing our communities and cities.

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 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.

By engaging all stakeholders, cities can harness transformational change and ensure a better life for all in an urbanizing world.

Urban October Generic PowerPoint

Events Around the World

World Architecture Day

Paris, France
Urban October – Local Observation

¿Quién planea las ciudades?

Tlaxcala, Mexico
World Cities Day – Local Observation

Políticas públicas y participación ciudadana en el ámbito urbano

Tlaxcala, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation

Jóvenes por el Territorio

Tlaxcala, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation

Towards Sustainable cities and communities

San Jose, Costa Rica
Urban October – Local Observation

ENERGY CARE - Innovation Days: Social Innovation for Green Neighborhoods

Trieste, Italy
Urban October – Local Observation

Reporting progress and sharing knowledge in the decade of action

Surabaya, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

The Most Unaffordable Informal Housing in the Most Unaffordable City

Auckland, New Zealand
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Expert Group Meeting on National Urban Forums

Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation

UN Forum of Mayors

Geneva, Switzerland
Urban October – Local Observation

C20 Summit - Social Infrastructure as Resilient Infrastructure

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Urban October – Local Observation

Conjuntos urbanos sustentables para todos ¿es posible?

Toluca, Mexico
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

NYC Architecture Biennial

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

AIANY Boat Tour: Architecture and the Lights of Gotham

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

History Happy Hour: Decoding the Past–Cemetery Symbols, Part 2

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

92Y Master Class: Stanford White in Detail

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Bricks & Brownstone: The New York Row House

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Sustainable Mobility: electric motion systems

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

Architecture Graduate Programs Info Session

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Simulation of superblocks in the Parish of Yanuncay

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

How to Launch Your Project: Join Cooper Hewitt to Learn How to Launch a Project!

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Urban planning and emission reduction from citizen participation

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

Steven Holl Architects’ Ex of In House, Virtual Tour

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

All by bicycle: Urban tourism

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of Wayfinding in Transit with the New York Transit Museum

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Bici escuela

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

Lecture: J. Phillip Thompson

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Fall 2020 Sciame Series: Alexia León

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Gender and inclusion in mobility

Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation

ctorian Flatbush Walking Tour

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Eileen Gray: Architectural Drawing as Spatial Praxis

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Estuary Paddle

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Reciclaje de bienes arquitectónicos para revitalización de centros históricos patrimoniales

Toluca, Mexico
World Cities Day – Local Observation

Open House New York Weekend

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Inside Schermerhorn Row: A Virtual Tour of the Seaport Museum’s Landmark Buildings

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Design Tour: Architecture

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Community Friday Paddles

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Leadership Breakfast with Kim Yao, AIA

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Conversatorio sobre vulnerabilidad por inundaciones

Metepec, México
Urban October – Local Observation

Urban Economy Forum 2020

Toronto, Canada
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

World Habitat Day CIS Ministerial Roundtable

Moscow, Russia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Virtual Tour on 6 Kampung in Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Webinar Diseminasi Perumahan Gotong Royong (Webinar Collective Housing Dissemination)

Yogyakarta, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Young Talent Architecture Award 2020 Day

Barcelona, Spain
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Inclusive, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Communities - Actions to Address Spatial Inequality

Honolulu, HI, United States of America
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Italia smART Community SUMMIT 2020

Roma, Italy
Urban October – Local Observation

De la vivienda al hábitat sostenible

Medellín, Colombia
Urban October – Local Observation

Retos urbanos en el Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara frente al Cambio Climático

Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation

Youth and Urban Innovation

Cairo, Egypt
Urban October – Local Observation

Let's think about the city with coronavirus

Fukuoka, Japan
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Habitat Week in observance of the World Habitat Day

Douala, Cameroon
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Financing Urban Resilience in Cities

Partner Cities: Angeles, Cagayan De Oro, Legazpi, Ormoc and Tagum in Philippines
World Cities Day – Local Observation

World Habitat Day Special Art Project

Fukuoka, Japan
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Training cities on Voluntary Local Reviews

Brussels, Belgium
Urban October – National Observation

Co-design for new forms of urban living

Brussels, Belgium
Urban October – Local Observation

Inaugural event of World Habitat Day

Kathmandu , Nepal
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Nepal Urban Dialogue NUD 2020 (NUD 2020)

Kathmandu , Nepal
World Cities Day – National Observation

Kibera Elderly Day Care Center

Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation

Sustainable Habitat-Urban School (SHUS)

Seoul, Republic of Korea
Urban October – Local Observation

The 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements

New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation

Trees for Buildings

Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation

World Metropolitan Day (WMD)

Several metropolises around the world
Urban October – Local Observation

Urban Tinkering

Kisumu, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation

World Habitat Day Contribution

Nairobi, Kenya
World Habitat Day – Local Observation

Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change and Cities Symposium

Australia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
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World Cities Day

Kenya
World Cities Day – Global Observation

World Habitat Day

Surabaya, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Global Observation
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Douala, Cameroon
Urban October – Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation
Cairo, Egypt
Urban October – Local Observation
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Urban October – Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October – Local Observation
Kisumu, Kenya
World Cities Day – Global Observation
Kenya
World Habitat Day – Global Observation
Surabaya, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Kathmandu , Nepal
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Fukuoka, Japan
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Fukuoka, Japan
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Surabaya, Indonesia
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Urban October – Local Observation
Seoul, Republic of Korea
World Cities Day – Local Observation
Partner Cities: Angeles, Cagayan De Oro, Legazpi, Ormoc and Tagum in Philippines
World Cities Day – National Observation
Kathmandu , Nepal
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Moscow, Russia
Urban October – Local Observation
Paris, France
Urban October – Local Observation
Geneva, Switzerland
Urban October – Local Observation
Several metropolises around the world
Urban October – Local Observation
Roma, Italy
Urban October – Local Observation
Trieste, Italy
Urban October – Local Observation
Brussels, Belgium
Urban October – National Observation
Brussels, Belgium
Urban October – Local Observation
San Jose, Costa Rica
Urban October – Local Observation
Tlaxcala, Mexico
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Honolulu, HI, United States of America
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Toronto, Canada
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
Tlaxcala, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
Urban October – Local Observation
Cuenca, Ecuador
World Cities Day – Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation
Medellín, Colombia
Urban October – Local Observation
Guadalajara, Mexico
Urban October – Local Observation
Metepec, México
World Cities Day – Local Observation
Tlaxcala, Mexico
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
Auckland, New Zealand
World Habitat Day – Local Observation
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Australia