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Urban October 2021

Urban October is a month-long conversation on sustainable urbanization conducted through hundreds of virtual and physical events and activities. Learn more about SEI’s work to support sustainable cities for the health and wellbeing of their inhabitants and the planet.

Victoria Beale, Venni Arra / Published on 1 October 2021

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About the month

Urban October is an opportunity to be part of the conversation about sustainable urbanization. Everyone – from national and local governments to universities, NGOs and communities – is encouraged to take part in virtual or physical activities, events, and discussions. This year #UrbanOctober focuses on the climate crisis which is also the theme of UN-Habitat’s campaign ClimateAction4Cities.

The month begins with #WorldHabitatDay on 4 October 2021. This year the theme is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world. Cities are responsible for 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, so the focus is on creating sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.

The Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference runs from 11 – 15 October and brings people together to advance pragmatic, action-oriented research to help cities reduce their carbon footprint and increase resilience to climate change.

Urban October ends with #WorldCitiesDay on 31 October 2021. This will be the eighth global celebration since it was launched in 2014. The theme for 2021 is ‘Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience, focusing on creating more sustainable, climate-resilient societies.’

Find out more about Urban October, World Habitat Day and World Cities Day on the UN-Habitat Urban October website.

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The United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 'to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable' puts sustainable urbanization at the centre of the global agendas for development.

Urban October / UN-Habitat

Upcoming events

Cities and...climate

Cities and...transport

Cities and...citizen participation

Cities and...air quality

Cities and...health and well-being

Cities and...finance

Cities and...waste

Cities and...the circular economy

Past events

Key projects

Global projects

Projects in Africa

Projects in Asia

Projects in Europe

Projects in Latin America

Alison Dyke

Research Fellow

SEI York

Arno Rosemarin
Arno Rosemarin

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Cassilde Muhoza

Research Fellow

SEI Africa

Chris Malley

Senior Research Fellow

SEI York

Diane Archer

Senior Research Fellow

SEI Asia

Eleni Michalopoulou

Research Associate

SEI York

Fedra Vanhuyse
Fedra Vanhuyse

Head of Division: Societies, Climate and Policy Support

SEI Headquarters

Gary Haq

Senior Research Associate

SEI York

George Njoroge is a Research Fellow at SEI Africa.
George Njoroge

Research Fellow

SEI Africa

Heidi Tuhkanen
Heidi Tuhkanen

Senior Expert (Green and Circular Economic Transformations Unit)

SEI Tallinn

Howard Cambridge

Research Support Group Manager

SEI York

Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna

Reader / Research Leader

SEI York

Johanna Lehtmets

Communications Manager

Communications

SEI Tallinn

Julia Jokiaho
Julia Jokiaho

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Karin André
Karin André

Team Leader: Cities, Communities and Consumption; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Katarina Axelsson
Katarina Axelsson

Senior Policy Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Lawrence Nzuve

Communications Coordinator

Communications

SEI Africa

Mathilda Englund
Mathilda Englund

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Philip Osano
Philip Osano

Centre Director

SEI Africa

Piret Kuldna

Senior Expert (Green and Circular Economic Transformations Unit)

SEI Tallinn

Rachel Pateman

Researcher

SEI York

Rajesh Daniel

Head of Communications, SEI Asia

Communications

SEI Asia

Romanus Opiyo
Romanus Opiyo

Programme Leader

SEI Africa

Sarah West

Centre Director

SEI York

Steve Cinderby

Senior Research Fellow

SEI York

Shogofa Rezaie
Shogofa Rezaie

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Tommaso Piseddu
Tommaso Piseddu

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Daniel Ddiba
Daniel Ddiba

Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Victoria Beale

Communications Specialist

Communications

SEI York

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