2 October 2017: World Habitat Day
The World Habitat Day was celebrated across the world on 2 October 2017 with the theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’.
The day is celebrated to reflect on the state of the world’s towns and cities and to emphasize the basic right of all to receive adequate shelter.
• The United Nations In 1985 designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
• The day was first celebrated in 1986.
• The declaration is intended to remind the world of its power and responsibility to shape the future of all cities and towns.
• The United Nations Human Settlements Programme in 1989 launched the ‘UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award’. It is the most prestigious human settlements award in the world.
• The winners of the award are honoured on the occasion of the day.
Following are some of the UN-Habitat’s main focus areas:
• Inclusive housing and social services
• A safe and healthy living environment for all — with particular consideration for children, youth, women, elderly and disabled
• Affordable and sustainable transport and energy
• Promotion, protection, and restoration of green urban spaces
• Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation
• Healthy air quality
• Job creation
• Improved urban planning and slum upgrading
• Better waste management