World Cities Day to mark on Oct 31

World Cities Day to mark on Oct 31

ISLAMABAD: World Cities Day will be observed on Oct 31 (Tuesday) across the world with an aim to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion.

According to a report aired by a private news channel, 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.

The theme for 2017 is "Innovative Governance, Open Cities," to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

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.