2016 World Habitat Day Celebration was celebrated officially on 3rd and 4 th of December 2016 at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was celebrated under the Karnival KPKT 2016 which was organized by Ministry of Urban Well Being, Housing and Local Government (KPKT), Even though it was celebrated in December but all the activities involve such as Habitat Moment Program and Photojournalism Competition had started earlier on.
Yangon 5 October 2016-- Myanmar celebrated this year’s World Habitat Day, with the government reaffirming its commitment to make affordable housing a priority. UN Habitat representatives joined members of communities from a slum area in Hlaing Tharyar Township in Yangon’s periphery, who had organised a World Habitat Day whose theme was ‘Housing at the Centre’ celebration to draw attention to their lives.
One of the most significant causes of fear and insecurity in many cities today is crime and violence. Between 1990 and 2000, incidents of violent crime per 100,000 persons increased from 6 to 8.8. Recent studies show that over the past five years, 60 per cent of all urban residents in the world have been victims of crime, with 70 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Clearly, crime, whether violent or not, is a growing and serious threat to urban safety all over the world.
Nairobi, 6 October 2014—Celebrations marking this year’s World Habitat Day took places in various places across the globe with calls for urgent action to address the plight of those living in slums.
In Nairobi, UN-Habitat staff members gathered at the Gigiri Complex for an event marked by a traditional dance, an art exhibition by slum children followed by speeches, including those from the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and the UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos.
New York, 6 October 2014. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on World Habitat Day, to be observed on 6 October:
Over the past decade, efforts under the Millennium Development Goals have cut the proportion of people living in slums by more than half. Yet, over the same period, rapid urbanization, especially in the developing world, has seen overall slum populations rise. In some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 70 per cent of urban dwellers live in slums and informal settlements.
Monday, 6 October 2014Every year on the first Monday of October we reflect on the state of our human settlements and what we want the cities of our future to look like. This year, the United Nations has chosen to turn the spotlight on the people who live or have lived in informal settlements, listening to “Voices from Slums”.