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Shanghai, Fuzhou to hold World Cities Day

The 2020 World Cities Day, a legacy of the 2010 World Expo Shanghai, will be held in Shanghai and Fuzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province tomorrow.

The United Nations designated October 31 as World Cities Day in 2013, which was initiated in the declaration of the city government on October 31, 2010, the closing day of the Shanghai World Expo. The 2020 event will be themed on “Valuing Our Communities and Cities.”

The impact of COVID-19 has reshaped urban life around the world. Local communities have played a key role in contributing to keeping people safe and maintaining some economic activities, according to the UN-Habitat.

The day is expected to greatly 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, the UN-Habitat said.

As a highlight, the English version of the 2020 “Shanghai Manual — A guide for sustainable urban development in the 21st century” will be released at the event in Shanghai.

Featuring the best urban practices across the world, the manual report will explain the connection between community construction and urban quality as well as their profound influence on the world’s sustainable development.

The experiences to solve the housing difficulties of Shanghai and Singapore will be shared at the event’s forum. Representatives from global cities and experts will make speeches both in person and online due to the pandemic.

During a visit to Shanghai last November, President Xi Jinping said: “The cities are built by the people and for the people.”


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