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. 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.


2017 theme: Housing Policies: Affordable Homes

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all. These themes often promote one of UN-Habitat’s focal areas such as:

  • Inclusive housing and social services
  • A safe and healthy living environment for all — with particular consideration for children, youth, women, elderly and disabled
  • Affordable and sustainable transport and energy
  • Promotion, protection, and restoration of green urban spaces
  • Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation
  • Healthy air quality
  • Job creation
  • Improved urban planning and slum upgrading
  • Better waste management

World Habitat Day