World Habitat Day

Date: First Monday of October (3 October 2016)

Organized By:UN

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams



The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1985 that first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day through Resolution 40/202. And the first Observation is made in 1986 with a theme “Shelter is my right”. The day is observe to show the basic human right to adequate shelter and also to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

Actions and Programs

Events are arranged locally by different organizations to observe World Habitat Day. Events and actions are taking place in accordance with the theme selected for the year. These themes and events promote inclusive housing, safe and healthy living environment etc. The events and actions also aim to spread the theme and message of the day.

Various programs are organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty. United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNHSP) launched an award “Habitat Scroll of Honour” for acknowledging initiatives in the field of habitat.


2014: Voices from Slums

2013: Urban Mobility

2012: Changing Cities, Building Opportunities

2011: Cities and Climate Change

2010: Better City, Better Life

2009: Planning our Urban

2008: Harmonious Cities

2007: A safe city is a just city

2006: Cities, magnets of hope

2005: The Millennium Development Goals and the City

2004: Cities – Engines of Rural Development

2003: Water and Sanitation for Cities

2002: City-to-City Cooperation

2001: Cities without Slums

2000: Women in Urban Governance

1999: Cities for All

1998: Safer Cities

1997: Future Cities

1996: Urbanization, Citizenship and Human Solidarity

1995: Our Neighbourhood

1994: Home and the Family

1993: Women and Shelter Development

1992: Shelter and Sustainable Development

1991: Shelter and the Living Environment

1990: Shelter and Urbanization

1989: Shelter, Health and the Family

1988: Shelter and Community

1987: Shelter for the Homeless

1986: Shelter is my Right



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