Urban October is commemorated all over the world and throughout the month, different cities around the world host the global celebrations of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day. World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by General Assembly resolution 40/202 and first celebrated in 1986. 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 celebrated on the first Monday of October each year.
World Habitat Day focuses on inspiring all levels of governments and other stakeholders to share best practices and actions to improve the quality of life in cities. This includes action to advance the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG11 which aims to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.
Each year’s World Habitat Day focuses on a particular theme to highlight to a particular aspect of sustainable urbanization as well as share global and local actions and innovations by partners to improve the quality of lives in urban areas and human settlements. UN-Habitat, as the focal agency for sustainable urbanization in the United Nations system, coordinates the celebration of World Habitat Day around the world.
The Ministry of Urban Development/Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (MOUD/DUDBC) and UN-HABITAT Nepal in collaboration with the various stakeholders working in the field of housing and urban development has been celebrating World Habitat Day annually since 2001. This celebration involves a series of events including national workshops, seminars, discussion, and exhibition aimed at fostering collaboration and addressing crucial issues in the realm of sustainable urban development. National and Local Governments, Universities/Research Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, and other stakeholders in urban landscape participate in planned activities, events, and discussions during the month.
World Habitat Day 2023
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