UN Observance: World Habitat Day, October 5, 2015


Today the UN celebrates the 30th World Habitat Day! World Habitat Day is day of grassroots action to advocate for universal decent housing.

World Habitat Day is the one day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. The United Nations General Assembly has observed  World Habitat Day since 1985!

About Today

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.  It 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.

The theme for World Habitat Day 2015 is Public Spaces for All.

Public Space

Streets and public spaces have often been overlooked and undervalued, but are increasingly being considered the backbone of cities. Public spaces are places which are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets and playgrounds.

Do Your Part

  • Raise awareness through mass and social media: broadcast video and audio spots, facebook, twitter, Instagram and YouTube engaging policy makers;
  • Plan an event or activity in existing public spaces in your city;
  • Promote #HabitatDay and HabitatIII on Social Media;
  • Download and share the World Habitat Day campaign kit with your network;
  • Register your planned activity below or submit your photo at urbanoctober.org/whd.

For more ideas visit the oficial website here.

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