World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by theUnited Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basichuman right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.

World Habitat Day

The UN’s World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. Nairobi was allocated as the host city for the observance that year. This annual event is held on the first Monday of October with a new theme each year. Previous themes included: “Shelter for the Homeless” (1987); “Our Neighbourhood” (1995); “Future Cities” (1997); “Safer Cities” (1998); “Women in Urban Governance” (2000); “Cities without Slums” (2001) and “Water and Sanitation for Cities” (2003).

An important highlight of the day is the “Habitat Scroll of Honour” award, which was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHSP) in 1989. It is believed to be the world’s most prestigious human settlements award and aims to acknowledge initiatives that make outstanding contributions in areas such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.

World Habitat Day is celebrated every year all across the world on 7th of October. The supporters of the affordable habitat worldwide works hard for the adequate shelter around the globe through their special activities highlighting the requirement of safe, civilized and inexpensive shelters for the common individual. The celebration of the day involves the plan to alter the systems which emphasize poverty housing as well as planning affordable housing for all.

World Habitat Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including in places such as Angola, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Uganda and the United States. Various activities around the world are organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty.  Activities may include awards ceremonies, including the “Habitat Scroll of Honour” award.

Statistics

There is a global housing crisis, approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide are living in the substandard housing and almost 100 million people are homeless. It indicates that it is very to take some serious actions otherwise the number of slum inhabitants will continuously increase all over the world. The World Habitat Day aims to draw the people attention towards the anxious need of poor people for an adequate housing.

Purpose of Celebrating World Habitat Day

  • To pay a big attention towards the need for better shelter all over the world.
  • To share the priority of affordable and adequate housing everywhere.
  • To bring the positive changes in the systems including policies and attitudes of person causing poverty housing.
  • To reflect on the states and towns and pay attention on the basic human rights for adequate shelter.
  • To increase the awareness worldwide of joint responsibility for the future generation’s habitat.
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