World Habitat Day

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World Habitat Day is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. It was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

Habitat Scroll of Honour[edit]

Habitat Scroll of Honour awards have been given out by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHSP) since 1989. The award acknowledges initiatives that make remarkable contributions to fields related to human habitats.

Previous World Habitat Days[edit]

Year Theme Venue Chief Guest
2018 Municipal Solid Waste Management
2015 Public Spaces for All’
2012 Changing Cities, Building Opportunities Islamabad, Pakistan
2011 Cities and Climate Change Aguascalientes, Mexico
2010 Better City, Better Life Shanghai, China
2009 Planning our urban future Washington, D.C.
2008 Harmonious Cities Luanda, Angola José Eduardo dos Santos - President of Angola
2007 A safe city is a just city The Hague, Netherlands Wim Deetman, Mayor of The Hague and chairman of UCLG
Monterrey, Mexico Beatriz Zavala Peniche, Secretary of Social Development, (SEDESOL) on "Rescue of Public Spaces Programme"
2006 Cities, magnets of hope Naples Vittorio Craxi, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Multi-lateral affairs
Kazan Kamil Iskhakov - Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of Russia in Far East Federal Region, President of the United Cities and Local Government Euro-Asia Regional Section
2005 The Millennium Development Goals and the City Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
2004 Cities - Engines of Rural Development Nairobi President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya
2003 Water and Sanitation for Cities Rio de Janeiro César Maia, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
2002 City-to-City Cooperation Brussels H.R.H. Prince Philippe
2001 Cities without Slums Fukuoka Wataru Asō, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture
2000 Women in Urban Governance Jamaica Seymour Mullings, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Land and Environment
1999 Cities for All Dalian Yu Zhengsheng, Minister of Construction, China
1998 Safer Cities Dubai Qasim Sultan Al Banna, Director General, Dubai Municipality UAE
1997 Future Cities Bonn Klaus Topfer, Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development, Germany
1996 Urbanization, Citizenship and Human Solidarity Budapest Minister of the Interior, Hungary
1995 Our Neighbourhood Curitiba Mayor of Curitiba
1994 Home and the Family Dakar Abdou Diouf, President of Senegal
1993 Women and Shelter Development New York City Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations
1992 Shelter and Sustainable Development New York City Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations
1991 Shelter and the Living Environment Hiroshima Mayor of Hiroshima
1990 Shelter and Urbanization London Sir Geoffrey Howe
1989 Shelter, Health and the Family Jakarta Suharto, President of Indonesia
1988 Shelter and Community London Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury
1987 Shelter for the Homeless New York City Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Secretary-General of the United Nations
1986 Shelter is my Right Nairobi

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