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World Habitat Day 2021: Importance, History & Themes


World Habitat Day 2021

World Habitat Day is observed on the first Monday of October every year to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. This year, Urban October opens with World Habitat Day on 4 October. The Day is intended to remind the world that we all have the power and we are responsible for the habitat of future next generations. World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 in Nairobi, Kenya, and the theme chosen for that year was “Shelter is My Right”.

History Of World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202 and was first celebrated in 1986. Nairobi (In Kenya) was the host city for the observance that year. The theme chosen for that year was “Shelter is My Right”.
The shelter is one of our most basic needs. without shelter, it is almost impossible to carry on any other activity. The last time a global survey was attempted by the United Nations was in 2005 and around 100 million people were homeless worldwide. The World Habitat Day is held on the first Monday of October with a new theme every year and mainly focuses on housing, social services, a safe and healthy living environment for all.

World Habitat Day Dates

2020 Monday 5 Oct
2021 Monday 4 Oct
2022 Monday 3 Oct
2023 Monday 2 Oct
2024 Monday 7 Oct

World Habitat Day 2021 Theme

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world”.

World Habitat Day 2020 Theme

The theme for World Habitat Day 2020 was “Housing For All: A Better Urban Future”. Surabaya, the capital of Indonesia was the host city for World Habitat Day 2020.

World Habitat Day 2019 Theme

The theme for World Habitat Day 2019 was “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth”. Mexico City, the capital of Mexico was the host city for World Habitat Day 2019. The Chief Guest was Martha Delgado Peralta, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, and UN-Habitat Assembly President.

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