Facts about World Habitat Day

The World Habitat Day (WHD) is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout the world. This year it was observed on 3 October 2016.

2016 Theme: “Housing at the Centre”. It aims to raise awareness about need for affordable housing for all in urban areas, cities and towns.

Focus of the theme Access to adequate housing is a global challenge due growing fast with urbanization.

Around one quarter of the world’s urban population continues to live in informal settlements and slums.

An increasing number of urban dwellers, especially the poor and vulnerable groups are living in precarious conditions.


The United Nations General Assembly had every year on the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day by passing resolution 40/202 in 1986.

The observance of the day seeks to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

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