World Cities Day: best ideas from your city!


To mark UN-HABITAT’s first World Cities Day on 31 October, it has teamed up with Guardian Cities to launch the World Cities Day challenge

This year, 31 October will mark the very first ‘World Cities Day’. To be celebrated every year on the same day, this UN initiative is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation and encourage cooperation between countries in working towards sustainable urban development.  

The inaugural World Cities Day will be celebrated under the theme ‘leading urban transformations’ in recognition of the efforts underway – and the obstacles that remain - to ensuring that urban places can overcome the challenges to sustainable and inclusive development.

To mark the first World Cities Day, UN HABITAT has teamed up with Guardian Cities to launch the ‘World Cities Day Challenge’. The competition will recognise the best and most inspiring ideas from cities around the world. It is open to anyone living or working in the city they would like to represent: schoolchildren, architecture firms, inventors and city mayors, to name just a few possibilities.

One individual or group per city will have the opportunity to present their idea over the course of 31 October, and readers around the world will pick their favourites. An expert panel will choose the winner, to be announced at the end of World Cities Day.

To participate, you’ll need to send a brief outline of your city’s idea by Friday 19 September. Find out more here


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