World Cities Day 2016 was of great significance to UN-Habitat, having taken place a few days after the Habitat III Conference. It was the first UN-Habitat event organized under the theme, ‘Together beyond Habitat III’, celebrating the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, and setting the pace for global advocacy for the implementation of the Agenda. World Cities Day 2016 was celebrated under the theme – Inclusive Cities, Shared Development.

The main celebration was held in Quito, Ecuador.

For more information see the World Cities Day 2016 Report.

Messages from the UN Secretary General and the Executive Director
The Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos

The World Cities Day is already an essential celebration on the calendar to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization.

This year the World Cities Day is of big significance as it comes as a follow up of the recent United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III.

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