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World Cities Day is an annual observance established to raise awareness about the significance of urbanization and its impact on global communities. The event aims to promote international cooperation in addressing urban challenges, enhancing sustainable urban development, and showcasing innovative solutions that create thriving, resilient cities. Key aspects of the Observance include addressing issues like housing, transportation, infrastructure, environment, and urban planning to improve the lives of urban citizens and achieve sustainable development goals.
The concept of World Cities Day emerged in 2013, at the United Nations conference in Medellín, Colombia. In India, rapid urbanization has led to complex challenges such as overcrowding, inadequate infrastructure, inadequate housing, and environmental degradation. Recognizing the importance of addressing urban issues, the Government of India launched several urban development initiatives such as the Smart Cities Mission, AMRUT, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. These programs aim to improve urban living conditions, enhance infrastructure quality, and promote environmentally sustainable practices, in alignment with the objectives of World Cities Day.
In India, World Cities Day is observed with various programs and activities aimed at addressing urban challenges and promoting sustainable urbanization. These activities include seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and conferences that engage policy-makers, urban planners, private sector organizations, and local communities in dialogue and collaboration. Exhibitions and showcases highlighting innovative urban projects and best practices are also organized, emphasizing the importance of transforming cities into sustainable, inclusive, and resilient spaces. World Cities Day is observed every year on 31st October, providing an excellent opportunity for Indian citizens to participate in discussions and initiatives that contribute to creating better cities for the future.
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