First Monday of October: World Habitat Day
The World Habitat Day was on 5 October 2015 observed across the world with the theme Public Spaces for All. The 2015 World Habitat Day campaign aims to recognize the challenges and issues around Public Spaces.
The origin of World Habitat Day dates back to 17 December 1985, when the UN General Assembly designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day through its resolution. It was first celebrated in 1986.
Objectives of World Habitat Day 2015
Maintenance of Public Spaces
Public spaces are places which are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets and playgrounds. These public spaces have often been overlooked and undervalued, but are increasingly being considered as the backbone of cities.
Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens as well as fostering investment, economic development and environmental sustainability.
Well designed and managed public spaces and streets are a key asset for a city’s livability and economy, as they:
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