World Habitat Day 2018 Theme Date Activities Poster Information Celebration

World Habitat Day

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 also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

World Habitat Day 2018

The United Nations’ (UN) World Habitat Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme chosen by the United Nations based on current issues relevant to the Habitat Agenda. The themes are selected to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all. These themes often promote a 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; and better waste management.

World Habitat Day 2018 Date

World Habitat Day. The United Nations’ (UN) World Habitat Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter.

Monday, 1 October
World Habitat Day 2018

World Habitat Day 2018 Theme

This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management with the main global observance taking place in Kenya at the UN Compound in Nairobi.

Municipal Solid Waste Management

Improving Municipal Solid Waste Management is critical for sustainable urban development

Call to action – become a ‘Waste-Wise City’

Solid Waste Management is a global issue that affects everyone. The amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily and often costs local authorities a large proportion of their budget Poor solid waste collection and disposal can lead to serious health problems from uncontrolled dump sites and waste burning. It also leads to polluted air and water.

World Habitat Day 2018 Activities

UNECE and UNOG’s Invitation to World Habitat Day celebrations, Monday,1 October 2018, Palais des Nations, Geneva / Invitation de la CEE-ONU et l’ONUG aux célébrations de la Journée mondiale de l’habitat, lundi 1er octobre 2018, Palais des Nations, Gen

All cities regardless of their size and financial capacity can improve upon the current state of solid waste management to become ‘Waste-Wise Cities’. Reducing operational cost
while at the same time minimizing negative impacts on health and environment;

• Cities should make long-term strategic plans for urbanisation which fully consider solid waste generation, treatment (including recycling) and identify adequate space for future
sanitary land-fill sites;
• Cities and national governments should design financial and other incentives that will promote a transition to a more circular economy, built around resource use and efficient
recycling and reuse as outlined in SDG12.5 on reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse;

World Habitat Day 2018 Theme Date Activities Poster Information Celebration

World Habitat Day 2018 Information

Trends in consumption and production, manufacturing product cycles, public attitudes, municipal governance systems, capacity of city managers and innovative financing for
solutions are all part of the solution to solid waste management. In addition, transparent and rules-based engagement of all stake-holders including waste producers, the waste recycling
industry and waste workers is key. Integrating the informal waste recycling sector in the organized economy, with adequate health and safety provisions for workers can change the
current informal and dangerous jobs of waste collectors. Developing a market for innovative an attractive products made from waste material can help to integrate the informal waste
sector in the economy.

World Habitat Day 2018 Celebration

The focus of this year’s World Habitat Day celebrations is taking action to address the municipal solid waste management challenge. This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management with a slogan Waste-wise cities. On 1 October 2018, and in the period before and after this day, a comcerted effort will be made to:

raise awareness that Municipal solid waste is a global challenge that all of us need to address
facilitate policy dialogue and form partnerships
promote innovative solutions to municipal solid waste management
mobilize resources to address the municipal solid waste challenges

• Cities and national government should empower and work with civil society and NGOs;
• Cities should learn from examples from other cities and should carefully examine technological solutions implemented elsewhere;

What is World Habitat Day 2018?

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. The Day 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

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