6 October 2014 - On the occasion of World Habitat Day 2014, UCLG calls upon its members to participate in the #urbanSDG Selfie Campaign, which will culminate on 31 October with the first #WorldCitiesDay.
For the first time ever, in October 2014, two important milestones of the urban calendar coincide in the same month. As every year, on the first Monday of the month, October 6, the world will be celebrating theWorld Habitat Day 2014. And the year's newness is the celebration of the World Cities Day 2014 on the last day of the month, October 31. The set of celebrations, events and activities taking place in this context is all grouped together under the umbrella of Urban October.
Urban October will gather many of the initiatives on advocacy, outreach and communications on sustainable urban development. Urban October is a month for raising interest on urban challenges, for stimulating debates and moving forward commitments.
With important global agendas in the process of being defined, UCLG calls upon its members and partners to mobilize and raise awareness about the transformative potential of urbanization and the significant role that well-managed cities with strong institutions accountable to citizens can play in a sustainable future for all.
With the first steps of the Habitat III Conference preparations already taken and the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals well underway, Local and Regional Governments underline that rural‑urban linkages, the engagement of cities and partnerships with citizens will be key for the success of a universal agenda.
We encourage local and regional leaders, mayors, presidents and elected representatives to participate by taking a selfie with the hashtags #UrbanSDG and #CitiesDay.