The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. 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 chosen by the United Nations based on current issues relevant to the Habitat Agenda. The themes are selected to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.
These themes often promote a one of UN-Habitat’s focal areas, such as:
- Inclusive housing and social services
- A safe and healthy living environment for all — with particular consideration for children, youth, women, elderly and disabled
- Affordable and sustainable transport and energy
- Promotion, protection, and restoration of green urban spaces
- Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation
- Healthy air quality
- Job creation
- Improved urban planning and slum upgrading
- Better waste management
World Habitat Day 2015 will be celebrated on 5 October 2015 under the theme Public Spaces for All.This day is also the launch of the Urban October month of celebrations, events and activities.
Statement of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat for World Habitat Day 2015
This year we start the Urban October celebrating the World Habitat Day and reflecting on Public Spaces for All. We do it in a partnership between UN-Habitat and the HeforShe initiative promoted by UN-Women.
This partnership examines and promotes the role for men and women alike in the creation of gender-equal public spaces for all.
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