World Habitat Day

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World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of every October. In the year 2022, this day is being celebrated on 3rd October.

Important facts

  • The day aims to highlight people's basic right to shelter and remind them that they are also responsible for the habitat of future generations.

  • It aims to consider the situation in towns and cities and focus on promoting the basic right to adequate shelter and housing for all.

  • The theme of 2022 - “Mind the Gap. Leave No One and Place Behind”. 

  • This day for the year 2022 will focus on the problem of inequality, the challenges facing cities and other human settlements.

  • World Habitat Day 2022 aims to focus on the growing inequalities and vulnerabilities that have been a result of the triple ‘C’ crises- COVID-19, climate change and conflict.

Background of the day

  • In 1985, the United Nations declared the first Monday of October every year to be observed as World Habitat Day.

  • World Habitat Day was first observed in 1986 with the theme "Shelter is my right".

  • Nairobi hosted the first World Habitat day year. 

  • In 1989, the UN Human Settlements Programme launched “The Habitat Scroll of Honour award”. 

  • It is the world's most prestigious human settlement award.

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