World Habitat Day: 7 October 2019

Mon 07/10/19

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.

The theme for World Habitat Day 2018 was “Municipal Solid Waste Management”, which focused on taking action to address the municipal solid waste management challenge. The campaign slogan was “Waste-wise cities”. Solid waste management is a global issue that affects everyone. The amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily and often costs local authorities a large proportion of their budget. Poor solid waste collection and disposal can lead to serious health problems from uncontrolled dump sites and waste burning. It also leads to polluted air and water.

The 2019 theme for World Habitat Day has not yet been announced. This page will be updated when details are released.


More information about World Habitat Day can be found on the UN Habitat's website.