October 7: World Metropolitan Day

To mark the anniversary of the Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas (2015), on October 7th, we commemorate the World Metropolitan Day. Every year, on that date, we observe the metropolitan nature of many territories worldwide. For those spaces, where greatest transformations happen, affecting at least a third part of the global population and the 60% of world’s urban residents1, we promote cooperation to achieve sustainable and integrative territorial development. 

World Metropolitan Day 2020

More than ever, this year it has been made visible how metropolitan spaces are complex and fragile at the same time. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is having - and will have - consequences on all dimensions of life in our metropolises, but it is also triggering opportunities to rethink the role of metropolitan governance in emergency situations like that one.

COVID-19 affected people living in urban agglomerations with no relation to the jurisdictional and municipal boundaries, making those borders even more visible... Are world’s metropolises ready to face these scenarios?

In this context, the #WorldMetropolitanDay2020 provides the occasion to discuss the challenges and opportunities that metropolises’ governments have in addressing the world's premier crisis and respond to the Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals. Each participant will focus its World Metropolitan Day 2020 virtual event on one or more Sustainable Development Goal(s), framing them in the current emergency context.


Celebrate World Metropolitan Day 2020

Metropolis & UN-Habitat, invites all metropolitan governments and interested institutions (private companies, academic institutions, civil society organizations, multilateral entities, city networks, urban influencers) worldwide to join the celebration of #WorldMetropolitanDay2020 and shine a light on all initiatives aimed at accelerating a positive transformation of urban realities as a response to the COVID-19 emergency and the Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals.

All you need to do is:

SUBSCRIBE: if you are interested in organizing a virtual event, send us an email and we will provide you with all necessary tools and assistance to celebrate World Metropolitan Day 2020! More information in the World Metropolitan Day 2020 GUIDE

ORGANISE YOUR VIRTUAL EVENT! Discover how on our World Metropolitan Day 2020 GUIDE

CELEBRATE: Use and adapt our campaign materials available below on this webpage and make some noise to celebrate World Metropolitan Day.


World Metropolitan Day 2020 goes virtual

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to bring #WorldMetropolitanDay2020 celebrations online, making this situation an opportunity to reach a wider public.

Find more information on what type of event you can hold on our World Metropolitan Day 2020 GUIDE. The campaign coordination team will provide you with remote guidance for the preparation and promotion of your virtual event.

The campaign will culminate in a World Metropolitan Day 2020 Virtual Event co-hosted by Metropolis and UN-Habitat when participants of the campaign will have the opportunity to showcase their initiatives, exchanging knowledge and ideas with peers.

Can’t hold a virtual event this year? There are plenty of ways you can still get involved. More info in our World Metropolitan Day 2020 GUIDE!


1UN-Habitat. (2020). Global State of Metropolis 2020 – Population Data Booklet



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For more information on the World Metropolitan Day campaign, please contact communication@metropolis.org