Saudi Arabia celebrates World Cities Day

Mon, 2021-11-01 02:07

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is celebrating World Cities Day, strengthening cooperation between countries in addressing the challenges of urbanization in cities and creating awareness of the successes and challenges of urban sustainability.
A UNGA resolution established World Cities Day on Dec. 27, 2013, setting Oct. 31 to promote and inspire action on the concept of sustainable urbanization. The first celebration of this day was in Shanghai, China, in 2014.
The Kingdom, through Saudi Vision 2030, is keeping pace with the international community’s desire in spreading urbanism worldwide, pushing forward cooperation to exploit opportunities and address urban challenges and contribute to urban development.

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A UNGA resolution established World Cities Day on Dec. 27, 2013, setting Oct. 31 to promote and inspire action on the concept of sustainable urbanization. The first celebration of this day was in Shanghai, China, in 2014.

The UN chooses a general theme for World Cities Day and a different sub-theme each year, to enhance the successes of urbanization or to meet the specific challenges resulting from it. This year it has chosen the theme “Adapting Cities to Climate Resilience,” which falls under “Better City, Better Life,” as urbanization is one of the world’s most transformative trends.
Urbanization poses many sustainability challenges related to housing, environment, climate change, infrastructure, essential services, food security, health, education, decent jobs, safety and natural resources.

The UN chooses a general theme for World Cities Day and a different sub-theme each year. (Shutterstock)
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