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World Cities Day 2022

World Cities Day 2022:


World Cities Day is celebrated on 31st October every year to highlight the need for international cooperation to promote global urbanisation and address its challenges.

  • According to the United Nations, seven of every 10 people in the world will live in cities by 2050.
  • Theme for 2022: Act Local to Go Global.
  • On 27th December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established World Cities Day through a resolution.
  • The first celebration took place in 2014.
  • The second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1976 influenced the UNGA’s decision to establish World Cities Day.
  • The UN-Habitat programme promotes the development of sustainable cities in line with SDG 11 goals.
  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development.
  • It conducts the annual Urban October programme for this purpose which begins on the first Monday of the month and ends on 31st October with World Cities Day.