World Cities Day - October 31
Mon, Oct 31, 2022

World Cities Day

World Cities Day is celebrated around the world on October 31st. The purpose of the holiday is to inform the population about global urbanization and unite for the sustainable development of cities. Various institutions, activists, movements reveal inequality in the largest metropolitan areas and promote social inclusion.

History

The holiday was founded by the United Nations in 2013. Since then, not a single year has passed that certain problems have not been solved. There is a lot of work, there is a need for volunteer help.

Following historical data, the first cities appeared in Mesopotamia. This happened around 7500 BC. Examples include Ur, Uruk, Eridu. They didn’t just appear anywhere – it was important to find more fertile soil to cultivate. Time passed, Mesopotamia turned into ruins, but other cities were founded all over our planet.

The UN gives interesting forecasts for 2030: according to their information, there will be 41 megacities with a population of about 10 million people. Most likely, the number of cities will increase in India, Congo. Time will tell how it actually happens. Another thing is important – people’s understanding of existence in cities.

Interesting facts

Did you know that:

  • Mexico City used to be the capital of the Aztecs and had a different name – Tenochtitlan. During this period, 300 thousand people lived here;
  • The first skyscraper was erected in Chicago. The Home Insurance Building had 10 floors and a height of 42 meters;
  • Baghdad was once not just the capital of Iraq, but of the entire Muslim world;
  • in the Finnish city of Helsinki, sidewalks have a snowmelt system – they are heated from below. Therefore, they never see snow.

How to celebrate

Learn about the history of the emergence of different cities – there are many interesting facts in the world about how and by whom they were built! Analyze the problems of modern cities and think about how communities can solve them. Share with loved ones the information you learned today.

When is World Cities Day celebrated in 2022?

World Cities Day is observed on October 31 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 31 2022
Tuesday October 31 2023
Thursday October 31 2024
Friday October 31 2025
Saturday October 31 2026

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