World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day (Housing)

World Habitat Day was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly in the month of December in the year 1985. United Nations General Assembly has declared the first Monday of the month of October as the World Habitat Day. It was first started celebrating in the year 1986 at first Monday of the October.

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.

World Habitat Day 2019

World Habitat Day is celebrated every year throughout the world on first Monday of October month. World Habitat Day 2019 will be celebrated at Monday, on 7th of October (first Monday of October month).

World Habitat Day Celebration

The celebration of the day involves the plan to alter the systems which emphasize poverty housing as well as planning affordable housing for all.

It is celebrated in many countries all across the world including Pakistan, Germany, Hungary, the USA, Brazil, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Russia, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Kenya, Jamaica, U.A.E., Angola, the Netherlands and Senegal. Various activities on World Habitat Day are structured in order to observe the troubles of the homeless, issues of fast urbanization and its impact on the surroundings and human poverty.

It was planned to make available the sufficient shelter, water, sanitation, health, other basic services, good education within easy reach, job prospects and etc. The theme of the World Habitat Day celebrations of the year 2012 was Changing Cities, Building Opportunities which was held in Islamabad and Pakistan.


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.

Themes of World Habitat Day

> Theme of 1986 was “Shelter is My Right”.

> Theme of 1987 was “Shelter for the Homeless”.

> Theme of 1988 was “Shelter and Community”.

> Theme of 1989 was “Shelter, Health and the Family”.

> Theme of 1990 was “Shelter and Urbanization”.

> Theme of 1991 was “Shelter and the Living Environment”.

> Theme of 1992 was “Shelter and Sustainable Development”.

> Theme of 1993 was “Women and Shelter Development”.

> Theme of 1994 was “Home and the Family”.

> Theme of 1995 was “Our Neighbourhood”.

> Theme of 1996 was “Urbanization, Citizenship and Human Solidarity”.

> Theme of 1997 was “Future Cities”.

> Theme of 1998 was “Safer Cities”.

> Theme of 1999 was “Cities for All”.

> Theme of 2000 was “Women in Urban Governance”.

> Theme of 2001 was “Cities without Slums”.

> Theme of 2002 was “City-to-City Cooperation”.

> Theme of 2003 was “Water and Sanitation for Cities”.

> Theme of 2004 was “Cities – Engines of Rural Development”.

> Theme of 2005 was “The Millennium Development Goals and the City”.

> Theme of 2006 was “Cities, magnets of hope”.

> Theme of 2007 was “A safe city is a just city”.

> Theme of 2008 was “Harmonious Cities”.

> Theme of 2009 was “Planning our urban future”.

> Theme of 2010 was “Better City, Better Life”.

> Theme of 2011 was “Cities and Climate Change”.

> Theme of 2012 was “Changing Cities, Building Opportunities”.

> Theme of 2014 was “Voices from Slums”.

> Theme of 2015 was “Public Spaces for All”.

> The theme of 2016 was “Housing at the Centre”.

> The theme of 2017 was “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.”

> The theme of 2018 was “Municipal Solid Waste Management”.


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