5th November. World Cities Day Celebration

Recinte Modernista
Sunday 5 November - 10:00

The global urban population is expected to double by 2050 making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. Cities provide the potential for new forms of social inclusion, access to services and the can lift people out of poverty, however fast-growing cities also bring challenges. World Cities Day (31st October) aims to raise awareness of global urbanization and push forward cooperation and action to meet the challenges of our cities.
Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014 (resolution 68/239), each year one city is designated as ‘host’ of World Cities Day however celebrations take place in cities across the globe. The theme of this year’s celebration is Innovative Governance, Open Cities and the host is Guangzhou, China.
The day will further reinforce the global commitment made to sustainable urbanization through agreements such as the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, by engaging city inhabitants in a celebration of diversity that has become synonymous with urban life.
The Art Nouveau Site will be a central point for celebrations of World Cities Day in Barcelona. At Sant Pau, heritage, history, culture and an international hub of organizations working in the fields of sustainability, health and education come together and align with the values and goals of this initiative. Targeting distinct audiences at different times, the programme will offer a wide variety of activities taking place during the week that will commence on the 30th of October and wrap up on Sunday, the 5th of November (1st Sunday of the month, meaning that site entrance will be free).