UN Habitat – World Cities Day 31 October 2020

WOBO, as an Affiliate of the UN-Habitat, is pleased to provide an update of “Urban October”. 

The theme of World Cities Day 2020 is Valuing our Communities and Cities. More information including concept notes, key messages, round tables and much more is available here.

World Cities Day on Saturday 31 October

Urban October has been a fantastic success with over 550 events registered on our Urban October webpage.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic record and do keep them coming.

World Cities Day on Saturday 31 October marks the end of Urban October. The Global Observance hosted virtually by Nakuru, Kenya, provides a unique opportunity for all partner organizations to join in as attendees from across the globe.

Register now to be part of the Global Observance opening ceremony and Roundtables here.  You will be sent the WEBEX links within 24 hours after submission. Registration closes at 18:00 East Africa time (EAT) on 29 October 2020.

During the morning of 31 October, you are invited to join the virtual audience for the high-level opening ceremony including speeches by the UN-Habitat Executive Director, the President of the Republic of Kenya, , Ministers, the UN Secretary-General (video) and other high level dignitaries, and witness the launch of the UN-Habitat 2020 World Cities Report – see the draft programme attached.

In the afternoon, starting from 12:45 pm (EAT) you are invited to participate in the virtual Roundtables directly and can post questions for influential global speakers to answer. The four Roundtables and timings are as below:

12:45 – 14:45 Roundtable 1: Towards Africities: Achieving the SDGs through Resilient Intermediate Cities in Africa — co-organized with UCLG-A and Council of Governors of Kenya
12:45 – 14:45 Roundtable 2:  Working together to build sustainable cities and communities
15:00 – 16:30 Roundtable 3: Building Back Better Communities through Public Space
16:00 – 18:30 Roundtable 4: The World Cities Report 2020: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization


Welcome and see you at the Global Observance of World Cities Day.

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