World Habitat Day
The UN-Habitat designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day—a day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The intention is also to remind us of our collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
This year’s theme Changing Cities, Building Opportunities celebrates cities as centres of innovation and opportunity, while underscoring the need to better provide for the world’s growing urban population. In his message for World Habitat Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “better planned and better functioning cities can help guide us to the future we want: cities where everyone has adequate shelter, water, sanitation, health, and other basic services; cities with good education and job prospects; cities with energy-efficient buildings and public transport systems; cities where all feel they belong.”
Changing Cities, Building Opportunities also ties into the UN-Habitat’s new I Am a City Changer movement, which aims to share and spread initiatives to foster resilient, green, safe, inclusive, planned, and productive cities.
[Top Image: Care of The Future We Want]