The United Nations has designated every 31st of October as World Cities
Day. The aim is to promote the international community’s interest in global
urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting
opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to
sustainable urban development around the world. Read more
UN-Habitat is proposing a full week schedule to celebrate World Cities Day
addressing activities to all audiences.
Understanding that the public space is a vital ingredient of successful open cities, and it helps build a sense of community, civic identity and culture, UN-Habitat is promoting to open the Sant Pau site to children and families to become a one-week vibrant space in the city of Barcelona. Read more
Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Metro (L5): Sant Pau – Dos de Maig
Bus: H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192
It is known that a well-designed city is one that has been designed for children. In cities that have made children a priority, the result is not just more social, cheerful, healthy children - but more social, cheerful, healthy adults.
My Dream City activity will provide a platform for children to reflect on their experiences living in a city and discuss the city they need. It aims to change the perception of the role of children in shaping cities, a role that has traditionally been non-existent, while creating awareness of the importance of their inclusion and contributing to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.
Recycled blocks will be used to build a child friendly space, followed by a debate that will encourage children to share their ideas and concerns.
Visitors to the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site will have the opportunity to interact with World Cities Day.
UN-Habitat videos on the challenges and opportunities of cities in 21st Century will be running continuously during visiting hours at strategic points of the cultural tour. Additionally, UN-Habitat will be hosting an open house at their office in the Sant Leopold pavilion, allowing visitors access to a heritage building that has been transformed into a modern working space and the chance to learn more about the work of this United Nations programme.
Representatives of public administrations will present cutting-edge initiatives from a wide array of perspectives towards Innovative Governance. A dynamic discussion will allow participants to interact with panelists.
- Smart Region project, by Gregori Mora, Barcelona Provincial Council - Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Catalonia, by Marc Darder, Generalitat de Catalunya - Barcelona City Council - Master Plan of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, by Xavier Mariño, Metropolitan Area of BarcelonaPlease register here
Come to Sant Pau to play & build your city! All first Sundays of the month are Free Entrance Days at Sant Pau. To conclude the week-long programme, Sunday, November 5th (the first Sunday of the month) will be dedicated to World Cities Day.
Creating a livable city is not only about dreaming, it is also about taking responsibilities from all sides. Citizens have an important role to play. The World Cities Day Party will invite all site visitors, particularly families, to celebrate the international day by playing and participating in workshops with reused everyday elements and experimental materials. The purpose is to raise awareness on how children and adults can improve life in cities with small but important actions.
Activities of the World Cities Day Party:
Create the city you want to live in on a giant map.Organized by Lavola.
Make a giant puzzle to discover the evolution of Barcelona.Organized by Castell de Torre Baró. Nou Barris District - Barcelona City Council.
Learn about waste generation in cities by playing.Organized by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
Visit the exhibition on adaptation and mitigation of climate change.Organized by the Barcelona Provincial Council.
Generate electricity with your legs to make the corn pop.Organized by the Barcelona Provincial Council.
Take part of the educational activities towards a responsible consumption in the city.Organized by the Barcelona City Council.
Enjoy this magic show for all ages to raise awareness about food waste.Organized by the Waste Agency of Catalonia, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Barcelona City Council.
Paint your own Art Nouveau magnets and take them home.Organized by the Gas Museum of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation.
Experiment with the different energies of the city.Organized by the Gas Museum of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation.
Enjoy this puppet theatre on the values of difference and equality.Organized by Nexe Fundació.
Stimulation of the senses through different textures.Organized by Nexe Fundació.
Play by weaving the relationships between individuals in a city.Organized by Limón y Menta.
Discuss the challenge of climate change with very young activists.Organized by Plant-for-the-Planet