World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day declared by the United Nations on the basis of a resolution submitted by the then Prime Minister, the late President His Excellency Ranasinghe Premadasa to the United Nations Habitat Commission session held in Kingston, Jamaica in the year 1985, has been celebrated since 1986 under various themes connected with housing and settlements sector.

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.

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

The theme for World Habitat Day 2 October 2017 is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes

Previous World Habitat Days

Year Theme Venue
2015 Public Spaces for All’
2012 Changing Cities, Building Opportunities Islamabad, Pakistan
2011 Cities and Climate Change Aguascalientes, Mexico
2010 Better City, Better Life Shanghai, China
2009 Planning our urban future Washington, D.C.
2008 Harmonious Cities Luanda, Angola
2007 A safe city is a just city The Hague, Netherlands
2006 Cities, magnets of hope Naples
Kazan
2005 The Millennium Development Goals and the City Jakarta
2004 Cities – Engines of Rural Development Nairobi
2003 Water and Sanitation for Cities Rio de Janeiro
2002 City-to-City Cooperation Brussels
2001 Cities without Slums Fukuoka
2000 Women in Urban Governance Jamaica
1999 Cities for All Dalian
1998 Safer Cities Dubai
1997 Future Cities Bonn
1996 Urbanization, Citizenship and Human Solidarity Budapest
1995 Our Neighbourhood Curitiba
1994 Home and the Family Dakar
1993 Women and Shelter Development New York City
1992 Shelter and Sustainable Development New York City
1991 Shelter and the Living Environment Hiroshima
1990 Shelter and Urbanization London
1989 Shelter, Health and the Family Jakarta
1988 Shelter and Community London
1987 Shelter for the Homeless New York City
1986 Shelter is my Right Nairobi

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