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
The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected to promote successful urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
This year, the topic is Building Sustainable and Resilience Cities - a call to action for all of us to rethink how cities can better protect people’s lives without leaving anyone behind. Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities forms part of a global effort to create a safer and a more sustainable planet: one of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Why is important to work on city resilience? Because…
World Cities Day features events all over the world to raise awareness about the importance of creating resilient cities and to inspire change. In Barcelona, there will also be a WORLD CITIES DAY CELEBRATION: a day full of activities for families to learn through play how we can rethink our cities and make them more sustainable, resilient and friendly for citizens.
The celebration is promoted by UN-Habitat together with Barcelona City Council along with numerous entities and local organizations.
Day: Saturday 27 th October, 2018. Time: from 10am to 2pm.
Clean cities are the perfect example of co-responsibility. The work of municipal services is equally important as the actions of its citizens. With interactive panels and an information point, we will find ways to encourage waste reduction and create a cleaner city.
Urban greening brings great benefits to urban populations. In this session we will learn about the relationship between insects and plants through fun activities for all audiences, and discover why they are so important to each other.
In cities, the culture of sustainability is spreading. We will experiment with two key sustainably practices to assess how they can reduce our environmental impact, and discover how we can build the city in which we would like to live.
Noise pollution affects the health of urban inhabitants. Through various family-oriented activities we will discover how noise pollution affects our daily life, and explore what can be done to reduce it.
An energy transition is taking place. In this activity we will make popcorn using the energy generated by static bicycles, exploring the potential of renewable energies, and the possibility of producing one’s own energy.
Managing a city is not easy. Participants of this card game have to try to maintain the fragile balance between economy, sustainability and happiness in a city, learning about the real-life challenges it brings.
Water is a vital natural resource. These water games for the whole family will teach us about the water cycle in cities, and show us how to use this essential resource responsibly.
We are increasingly dependent on energy. Through this activity we will learn about the energy sources of the future and the key role of energy efficiency, by manipulating and experimenting with interactive modules.
In the future cities will become more sustainable and capable of reducing the impact of global warming. This activity is made up of games and activities to enhance the expression of emotions, design and creativity.
The greening of cities brings great benefits for urban residents and for the urban environment. This workshop will assess the importance of green spaces in cities through the adventures of a Valencian tooth carp, an endangered species endemic to our territory.
Watch the video from last year’s celebration when the Sant pau Art Nouveau Site (Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau) opened its doors to the public.