Urban October 2021

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 virtual or physical activities, events, and discussions.

This year’s Urban October will focus on the climate crisis which is also the theme of UN-Habitat’s campaign  ClimateAction4Cities although activities can be about any aspect of sustainable urbanization.

The month begins with World Habitat Day on the first Monday of October, which falls on 4 October in 2021. The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.  As cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, we will look at how to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.

Urban October ends with World Cities Day on 31 October 2021. While the overall theme remains Better City, Better Life, the specific theme for this year is Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience as cities worldwide are increasingly suffering the effects of climate-related disasters, such as floods, droughts, sea level rise, heatwaves, landslides and storms. This will look at creating more sustainable, climate-resilient societies.

Activities can take place on those specific days or at any time during the month.
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, is presented to the selected winners during the global observance. Nominations for this year’s Scroll of Honour have opened with more details available here.

Last year there were 753 events in 74 countries and 230 cities during Urban October.

The World Habitat Day Global Observance was held virtually on 5 October 2020, hosted by the City of Surabaya, in Indonesia while other celebrations of World Habitat Day were held around the globe on the theme Housing For All: A Better Urban Future

World Cities Day 2020 was the seventh global celebration since it was launched on 31 October 2014 in Shanghai, China. The overall theme is Better City, Better Life and the sub-theme for 2020 was Valuing our communities and cities, and the Global Observance was hosted by Nakuru, Kenya.

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

Zoom link to join the celebrations

High Level Opening Ceremony
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jYXkzsnqTva9wPi4vwNYcw

 

Roundtable 1: Climate Adaptation for the Most Vulnerable People
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Onmr7aJRS0iSazRmSwj9xQ

Roundtable 2: Innovate4Cities Conference Outcome
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jQXNzY7PRh-IFy3BJQhPCg

Roundtable 3: Towards a Resilient and Green Future: Covid-19 Recovery in Partnership
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7yG3J9isQrqPr6Px1p4KmQ

Roundtable 4: Climate Change in the Arab Region – Challenges and Opportunities
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EjqSmdFMS7-bVcvI9lEbcQ

 

Closing Ceremony
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87851970186

WCD logistic and information note for participants

WCD programme

World Cities Day Concept Notes

Event Toolkit

Social Media

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
Abeokuta, Nigeria
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
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Pretoria, South Africa
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
Urban October
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Porto-Novo, Benin
Urban October
Local Observation
Johannesburg, South Africa
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Nairobi, Kenya
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
Istanbul, Turkey
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Salamiyah, Syrian Arab Republic
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Fukuoka city, Japan
Urban October
Local Observation
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Jakarta, Indonesia
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
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
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Makati, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Macao, China
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Bandung, Indonesia
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Akko, Israel
Urban October
Local Observation
Tel Aviv, Israel
Urban October
Local Observation
Kobe, Japan
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
Urban October
Local Observation
Quezon City, Philippines
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Hyderabad, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
New Delhi, India
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Shizuoka, Japan
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Odense, Denmark
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Salzburg, Austria
Urban October
Local Observation
Moscow, Russian Federation
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn / Eschborn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bologna, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Bilbao, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Seville, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
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
Stockholm, Sweden
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
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
Tarragona, Cataluña, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Rome, Italy
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Barcelona, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Urban October
Local Observation
Brussels, Belgium
Urban October
Local Observation
Bonn, Germany
Urban October
Local Observation
MADRID, Spain
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Odense, Denmark
Urban October
Local Observation
Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Vienna, Austria
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Heerlen, Netherlands
Urban October
Local Observation
Madrid, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Córdoba, Spain
Urban October
Local Observation
Mérida, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Bogota, Colombia
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Manta, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Texcoco, Estado de México, Mexico
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
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)
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
São Paulo, Brazil
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Honolulu, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Lake Worth, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
México, Mexico
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz - virtual, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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)
World Habitat Day
Local Observation
Zapopan, jalisco, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
ECATEPEC ESTADO DE MEXICO, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Puebla, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Toluca, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Oruro, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Bogotá, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
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
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad de México, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX., Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Bogotá, Colombia
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
Mexico City, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
CDMX, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico City, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
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
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
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Cuidad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Urban October
Local Observation
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
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)
World Cities Day
Local Observation
Zapopan, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Urban October
Local Observation
Tunja, Colombia
Urban October
Local Observation
Mexico, Mexico
Urban October
Local Observation
Quito, Ecuador
World Cities Day
Local Observation
New York, United States of America
Urban October
Local Observation
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Urban October Reports

2020 Urban October Report
Urban October Report | New York Liaison Office
Urban October Report | Spain Office
UO Report 2021 Summary