ISLAMABAD: World Cities Day will be observed on Oct 31 across the world with an aim to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.
World Cities Day aims to highlight the role of urbanization to provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion. These include greater equality, access to services, and added diversity.
The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 27, 2013.
“Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights,” stated Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.
The resolution stresses the importance of cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
However, this is not always the case and, according to the UN, inequalities in cities have grown since 1980. The largest cities are also where you often find the greatest differences between people.
This way cities can be designed to create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources.