World Habitat Day

Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. This year, Urban October activities will begin with World Habitat Day on 5 October.

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. It takes place on the first Monday of October.

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

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

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