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World Habitat Day

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

This year, World Habitat Day will be held on 7 October 2019. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all. This World Habitat Day will focus on promoting all levels of government and all relevant stakeholders to reflect on how to implement concrete initiatives to ensure adequate and affordable housing in the context of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at all levels, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The global observation of the World Habitat Day 2019 will be hosted by the Government of Cameroon in the City of Yaoundé on 7 October this year. The theme will be “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”. During World Habitat Day, UN-Habitat will award the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour for best practices. More information will be made available soon.

Information on the previous World Habitat Day celebrations is available here.

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