World Cities Day
31 October, 2021
Cities occupy 2% of the world’s total landmass, but contribute to 70% of the world’s economy (GDP), 60% of its energy consumption, 70% of its greenhouse gas emissions, and 70% of the world’s waste. Urbanization provides the promise — oft not fulfilled — of social inclusion, access to services and new opportunities. However, inequality and exclusion abound. Sustainable Development Goal 11 includes to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and to implement the New Urban Agenda, a framework for planning, managing and inhabiting cities. World Cities Day is for cooperation to meet the opportunities and address the challenges of sustainable urban development around the world.