The United Nations designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day "to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all". The Day is also intended "to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat". For further information, and to find out the annual theme, visit the World Habitat Day web page. Our feature article Cities: our urban world can give you background information and teaching ideas. To find teaching resources to help you mark World Habitat Day in your school, browse through the ones listed under the topic Homes and Homelessness.