Urban October 2015

With the aim of sharing knowledge and discussing urban issues, the United Nations has designated this month as ‘Urban October 2015’, proposing a wide variety of activities to celebrate it. The activities started on 5 October with World Habitat Day, focussing on the topic ‘Public Spaces for All’ as one of the key pillars of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. The aim is to reflect on public spaces as an element for cohesion, economic development and public wellbeing.

In addition, World Cities Day is to be held on 31 October with the aim of drawing the international community’s attention to urbanisation as a central topic in development and cooperation between countries. ‘Urban October 2015’ is very important to UN-Habitat and its members, as it is falls one month after adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and one year before the Habitat III Conference.