The United Nations General Assembly designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).
The global observation of World Cities Day 2019 will be hosted by Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Federation. The theme is “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations”.
World Cities Day promotes sustainable, inclusive urbanization around the world and engenders international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization. Urbanization is happening at a phenomenal rate. Half the world's population now live in cities, and this is projected to increase to two-thirds by 2050.
UN-Habitat leads the observation and promotion of World Cities Day in collaboration with partners from the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society and business leaders.
The general theme of World Cities Day is 'Better City, Better Life', and each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
Last year the host city for World Cities Day was Liverpool, UK and there were 50 activities in 23 countries to celebrate the day.
Ekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in the Russian Federation, is located in central Russia and sits on the Iset River, east of the Ural Mountains over 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow. The city is in Asia, close to the boundary with Europe, and is the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Region. The city’s population is 1, 468,833 people.
Some of the tallest buildings in Russia are located in the city. The skyscraper “Vysotsky” is the most northern skyscraper in the world and stands at 188 meters.The city has many tourist attractions with over 600 historic monuments in the city including a large number from the 19th century in the classical style, as well as buildings in the style of constructivism of 1920s. The city has about 50 different museums.
Several major international events have already been successfully organized by the city authorities in close cooperation with the Federal Government. The city was the second runner up for hosting World Expo 2025. This year it hosted the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit. The "100+ Forum Russia" (International Forum and Exhibition of High-Rise and Unique Buildings), will be held in Ekaterinburg from October 29 - November 1 at the same time as the Global Observance of World Cities Day.