We celebrate “World Habitat Day” today, annually marked on the first Monday of October. Recognized by the United Nations to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter, World Habitat Day is also intended to remind the world that everyone has the power and the responsibility to shape the future of towns and cities. World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 in Nairobi, Kenya, and the theme chosen for that year was “Shelter is My Right.”
The day is celebrated in many countries around the world and various activities are organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty.
The theme of World Habitat Day 2020 is Housing For All: A better Urban Future, and the Global Observance will be hosted by the city of Surabaya, in Indonesia.
For more information, visit UN-Habitat.org