On World Cities Day, the UN highlights the role of urban design in sustainable development

30 October 2015

Good urban design can help combat climate change, reduce the effect of disasters, and make cities safer, cleaner, more equitable, and inclusive.

That is the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations, on the occasion of World Cities Day that is celebrated for the second time this October 31.

The date, set by the UN General Assembly, recognizes the positive impact that a well-managed development can have on economic, social and environmental development.

Ban Ki-moon highlighted that the challenges posed by rapid urbanization are a priority in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved in September. He also noted that the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held in Quito next year, is an opportunity to examine a new urban program.

“Cities and human settlements are places in which we live, that we share, that we create, that we build and that we dream together. Let’s use good design to make them sustainable, inclusive and prosperous for all ”, recommended the Head of the UN.

The UN estimates that more than two-thirds of the world’s population, close to 5 billion, will live in cities by 2030.

30 October 2015

Good urban design can help combat climate change, reduce the effect of disasters, and make cities safer, cleaner, more equitable, and inclusive.

That is the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations, on the occasion of World Cities Day that is celebrated for the second time this October 31.

The date, set by the UN General Assembly, recognizes the positive impact that a well-managed development can have on economic, social and environmental development.

Ban Ki-moon highlighted that the challenges posed by rapid urbanization are a priority in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved in September. He also noted that the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held in Quito next year, is an opportunity to examine a new urban program.

“Cities and human settlements are places in which we live, that we share, that we create, that we build and that we dream together. Let’s use good design to make them sustainable, inclusive and prosperous for all ”, recommended the Head of the UN.

The UN estimates that more than two-thirds of the world’s population, close to 5 billion, will live in cities by 2030.