World Habitat Day 2022 Theme

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day is celebrated every year on the 3rd of October. The United Nations observes World Habitat Day to raise awareness about the status of cities and the human right to sufficient housing. As this day reminds us all, every person can and should have a role in reshaping our cities’ futures. “Shelter is My Right” was the subject of the inaugural World Habitat Day, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1986. The United Nations designated the first Monday in October as the date for this yearly event. Many events are held worldwide to investigate the effects of growing urbanization and its potential influence on the environment and human poverty.

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.

UN-Habitat makes it clear that cities need to be planned in advance to avoid the uncontrolled growth of urban sprawl and its attendant difficulties. Cities are growth-inducing machines. Aspirations for a better life in the city are common among people from rural places worldwide. Although this ideal is rarely achieved, individuals continue to move to cities for the promise of a brighter future. That’s precisely what a well-thought-out city can provide. There is a potentially great deal for cities to serve as economic activity centres and a great deal of opportunity for existing and future people. Success breeds success since more people can find work or establish their enterprises, leading to additional job openings.


Urbanization may be traced back to the Mesopotamian civilization of the earliest times (now called Iraq). Uruk and Ur, which at the time were located on the Euphrates River’s banks, were two prosperous cities during this period. However, historians also credit Egypt, India, and China with creating urban regions. Initially, these towns relied on farming and domestic cattle, but they soon became trading centres and merchant hubs.

According to historical accounts, urbanization moved from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and then to ancient Greece. We don’t know why Mesopotamian towns died away, but following ancient civilizations took care to avoid the adverse effects of urbanization, notably in the case of Egypt, which had a large population. Around 200 years ago, individuals began moving to cities to pursue work, which, of course, was concentrated in cities where manufacturers were situated. There has been a potentially dramatic increase in urbanization in the last 50 years. The world’s population is steadily increasing its concentration in urban areas, with the bulk of this growth occurring in the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Today, individuals from all over the world are coming to cities to pursue new jobs and better living conditions. Cities, as economic hubs, are continually expanding and evolving, yet a lack of forethought and resources can hamper this growth and adaptation. Many city dwellers have the challenge of finding suitable accommodation in such circumstances. Because of this, the United Nations proposed and adopted a resolution in 1985 designating the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day.

On this day, governments worldwide join forces with national and international organizations to explore the effects of urbanization on people’s living conditions and the environment as a whole. Four years later, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (U.N.-Habitat), the United Nations organization for urban development, created a unique award for projects that have made remarkable achievements in developing human habitats and improving human life. Award recipients are given a plaque engraved with their name and accomplishments on the World Habitat Day Global Observance.

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How To Celebrate

Use the many tools available on the United Nations’ website and its partner organizations to help spread the word about this historic day. The more influence we can exert, the more people will appreciate the significance of World Habitat Day. Connect with community leaders, charitable groups, and organizations that work to improve housing. Donate the time and expertise to the cause by asking how you can assist. Habitat-building projects are always in action, whether they are local or worldwide. Contribute your time and abilities to the cause. Help a family find a new place to live and a brighter future.

In 1989, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UNHabitat) introduced the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour award. It is now the world’s most esteemed prize for human settlements. Human settlements and urban quality are the focus of this award, which honours those who have gone above & have beyond in their work to provide shelter and raise awareness of the needs of homeless people. During the World Habitat Day Global Observance, the award winners get a plaque inscribed with their names and accomplishments.

All Events: 2022 Events Calendar

Fun Fact

Where was World Habitat Day celebrated for the first time?

World Habitat Day was celebrated in Kenya, and the theme was “Shelter is My Right.”

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