Past Events

Urban October is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in our cities and towns. Each October, everyone interested in sustainable urbanization from national and local governments to universities, NGOs and communities is encouraged to hold or participate…
The theme of World Cities Day 2020 was Valuing our communities and cities. There were 78 events in 39 countries and 70 cities with the first Global Observance of World Cities Day in Africa hosted by Nakuru, Kenya with live links to China and Malaysia. Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on…
The theme of World Habitat Day 2020 was Housing For All: A better Urban Future, and the Global Observance was hosted by the city of Surabaya, in Indonesia. World Cities Day 2020 was successfully celebrated across the globe on Saturday 31 October. There were  over 60 events including in Nakuru, Nairobi, Cairo, New York, Penang, Shanghai, Fuzhou,…
Urban October 2019 celebrated around the world The 2019 Urban October, which ran from World Habitat Day on the first Monday of the month to World Cities Day on 31 October, featured a dynamic range of events raising awareness about sustainable urbanization. The World Habitat Day 2019 theme of Frontier technologies as an innovative tool to…
The theme of World Habitat Day 2019 was Frontier technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth with the Global Observance being held in Mexico City.
The theme of World Cities Day 2019 was Changing the world: Innovations and a better life for future generations with the Global Observance held in Ekaterinburg. It was held for the first time in Russia and attracted over 650 participants from a record number of countries.
During Urban October some 60 events took place both in Brazil and the USA (over 30 in New York), China hosted 40, India over 20 and 10 in Kenya. UN-Habitat appeared in 48.8 million article views with 168 editorial mentions. India dominated the media global coverage of Urban October flagship days at 41% followed by United States (13%) and the…
The theme of World Habitat Day 2018 was Municipal Solid Waste Management held in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 2018. The theme was chosen as the amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily leading to health problems and pollution and costing local authorities dearly.
The theme of World Cities Day 2018 was Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities with the Global Observance held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
World Habitat Day 2017 was held on 2 October 2017, under the theme – Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.
World Cities Day 2017 was of great significance to UN-Habitat, marking one year after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. World Cities Day 2017 was celebrated under the theme – Innovative Governance, Open Cities. The main celebration was held in Guangzhou, China. For more information see the World Cities Day 2017 Report.
World Habitat Day 2016 was held on 3 October 2016, under the theme – Housing at the center. On World Habitat Day, UN calls for putting adequate housing at centre of urban policy.
World Cities Day 2016 was of great significance to UN-Habitat, having taken place a few days after the Habitat III Conference. It was the first UN-Habitat event organized under the theme, ‘Together beyond Habitat III’, celebrating the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, and setting the pace for global advocacy for the implementation of the Agenda.…
World Habitat Day 2015 was held on 5 October 2015, under the theme – Public Spaces for All.
World Cities Day 2015 was celebrated under the theme – Designed to live together. Cities designed to live together create opportunities, enable connection and interaction, and facilitate sustainable use of shared resources. World Cities Day 2015 and its theme Designed to live together focused on promoting togetherness and harmony, making our…
World Habitat Day 2014 was held on 6 October 2014, under the theme – Voices from Slums.
The inaugural World Cities Day 2014 was celebrated under the theme – Leading Urban Transformations, which focused on redefining the urban paradigm for future generations and empowering people to contribute to creative solutions that can improve our shared urban future. It gave particular attention to innovations and new ideas that will bring about…
World Habitat Day 2013 was held on 7 October 2013, under the theme – Urban Mobility. For more information visit the World Habitat Day 2013 website.
World Habitat Day 2012 was held on 1 October 2012, under the theme – Changing Cities, Building Opportunities. The main celebration was hosted by Embu Town in Kenya.
World Habitat Day 2011 was held on 3 October 2011, under the theme – Cities and Climate Change. The United Nations chose the theme Cities and Climate Change was chosen because climate change is fast becoming the preeminent development challenge of the 21st century. Indeed, no-one today can really foresee the predicament in which a town or city…
World Habitat Day 2010 was held on 4 October 2010, under the theme – Better City, Better Life.
World Habitat Day 2009 was held on 5 October 2009, under the theme – Planning our urban future. The United Nations chose this theme to raise awareness of the need to improve urban planning to deal with new major challenges of the 21st century. The main celebration hosted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington D.C., U.S.A…
World Habitat Day 2008 was held on 6 October 2008, under the theme – Harmonious Cities. The United Nations chose the theme of Harmonious Cities for 2008 to raise awareness about the problems of rapid urbanization, its impact on the environment, the growth of slums, and the urbanisation of poverty as more and more people teem into towns and cities…
World Habitat Day 2007 was held on 1 October 2007, under the theme – A safe city is a just city. The theme was selected to raise awareness and encourage reflection on the mounting threats to urban safety and social justice, particularly urban crime and violence, forced eviction and insecurity of tenure, as well as natural and human-made disasters…
World Habitat Day 2006 was held on 2 October 2006 under the theme – Cities, Magnets of Hope. This theme was chosen to remind all of us that the world is witnessing the greatest migration in its history of people into towns and cities. The main celebrations were held in Naples, Italy and Kazan, Russian Federation. For more information visit the…
World Habitat Day 2005 was held on 3 October 2005, under the theme – The Millennium Development Goals and the City. This theme was selected to remind all of us that in the year 2000, world leaders meeting at the dawn of the new Millennium, committed themselves to launch a concerted attack on poverty, illiteracy, hunger, unsafe water, disease and…