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World Habitat Day

Taking place on the first Monday in October every year.

Reflecting on the state of human settlements and the basic right to shelter.

Updated 2 weeks ago

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October as the annual World Habitat Day (WHD).


This day highlights the state of our towns and cities, as well as the basic right of adequate shelter for all. WHD also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities, towns, and communities.

Cities are responsible for some 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions. The future of our planet depends on national, regional and local governments and organizations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders working together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, inclusive cities and towns.

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