Every year UN-Habitat and partners organise a month of activities, events and discussions around urban sustainability in October. Urban October is a time of raising awareness, promoting participation, generating knowledge and engaging the international community on sustainable urban development.
Urban October comes shortly after the first review of Sustainable Development Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities at the High Level Political Forum in New York.
This year, Urban October begins with World Habitat Day on 1 October. In 1985 the United Nations General Assembly established the World Habitat Day through Resolution 40/202. It was first celebrated in 1986.
The designated celebration of the World Habitat Day falls on the first Monday of every October.
Each year, World Habitat Day adopts 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 this year is Municipal Solid Waste Management with slogan Waste-wise cities. On 1 October 2018, World Habitat Day will focus on endorsing all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders to reflect on how to implement initiatives to ensure adequate and affordable housing. This issue lies within the context of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim 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. Another intention is to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
The international campaign includes a series of events, communication tools and channels. The main event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 2018.
More information about this year’s World Habitat Day celebrations is available here.