World Habitat Day 2023: History, Theme and More

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More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly made an important decision to promote the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live on Earth. Therefore, it was announced that the first Monday in October would be considered the World Habitat Day each year. World Habitat Day is being celebrated on 2nd October this year. Learn about its background, history, theme 2023 and more through this article.

World Habitat Day: Background 

As we know, the first Monday of October has been designated as World Habitat Day. On this day, one gets to reflect on the state of our habitats and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. Apart from this, the day is a reminder to the world that we all have the power and authority to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The main idea behind this day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities. Each and every living person has the basic right of all to adequate shelter. This day is a reminder for everyone that the world collectively has the responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

World Habitat Day: History

The very first time, when this day was officially designated by the UN in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. This day was established primarily to emphasise the universal human right to sufficient shelter and to promote community action to remove poverty housing.

Ever since then, the world has celebrated this day with various themes.

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World Habitat Day: Theme and Host Country

This year, the theme for the World Habitat Day is “Resilient urban economies. Cities are drivers of growth and economy.” For all those who don’t know, Nairobi was the host city for the observance that year with the theme “ Shelter is My Right.”

This year, the World Habitat Day will be hosted in the cities of Zangilan and Baku, from 29 September – 1 October 2023. This event will bring together a diverse range of national and international urban stakeholders. Several key issues will be discussed in this forum. 

Habitat Scroll of Honour Award

For all those who don’t know the Habitat Scroll of Honour Award was introduced by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.  Currently, it has the title of the world’s most prestigious human settlements award.

The Scroll of Honour Award seeks to recognise projects that have excelled in a variety of areas, including shelter provision (providing adequate, affordable, and accessible housing), raising awareness of homelessness, taking the lead in post-conflict reconstruction, and advancing human settlements and urban life quality.

The Scroll of Honour recognizes both individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to urban development.

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Q1. Who first initiated the concept of World Habitat Day?

A1. The UN General Assembly created the World Habitat Day and allotted the first Monday of October for this event. 

Q2. What are some of the previous year’s themes?

A2. Some of the previous themes for the World Habitat Day include: 
2022- Mind the Gap. Leave No One and Place behind.
2021- Acceleration Urban Action for a Carbon-Free World
2020- Housing For All: A Better Urban Future

Q3. What is the theme for World Habitat Day for 2023?

A3. This year, the theme for the World Habitat Day has been decided to be  “Resilient urban economies. Cities are drivers of growth and economy.” 

We hope this blog provided you with all the relevant information about the World Habitat Day. It provided you with information related to how this event came up the history behind it being celebrated and much more. 

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