The 31st of October has been chosen by the United Nations General Assembly as World Cities Day to promote the interest of communities in global urbanization. World Cities Day does not only have the purpose of instigating the interest of people towards urbanization, but it also exposes the challenges of urbanization.
According to a 2014 World Urbanization Prospects carried out by the United Nations, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities and this percentage has been on the increase ever since. In recent times the process of urbanization has become extreme as many people are moving into cities in search of new opportunities to develop the economy.
World Cities Day every year has a general theme which is Better City, Better Life but yearly, there is a sub-theme that emphasizes more on the general theme. The subtheme for the year 2019 is “Changing the world: innovations and a better life for future generations”. The theme expresses that urbanization can play a huge role in achieving sustainable developments if it is done the right way.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this World Cities Day challenge Governments and other stakeholders to address the challenges of urbanization worldwide. These challenges include housing, food security, safety, decent jobs, education, climate change, and infrastructure etc. If these challenges are duly addressed our nations and the world will enjoy adequate security and peace.