October 31st is World Cities Day, an initiative by UN Habitat to invite us to reflect on our cities and think about the future. The aim of this day is to promote interest in urbanisation and promote cooperation among countries to seize opportunities and meet the challenges posed by urbanism.
This year, life in our cities has changed drastically. The health impact of COVID-19, together with social, political and financial turmoil, is reshaping urban life across the planet in unprecedented ways. In its seventh edition, the theme proposed by UN Habitat is “Valuing our Communities & Cities”.
Urbanisation has the potential to create opportunities for a better life, provide pathways out of poverty and act as a driver for economic growth, but the contribution of diverse communities within cities is often only marginally, if at all, recognised. However, it is increasingly evident that communities are the lifeblood of cities and are part of the essential pillars that provide economic, environmental and social value that leads to better quality of life for all.
Cities should be designed around living together, creating opportunities, enabling connection and interaction, and facilitating the sustainable use of shared resources. More information here.