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World Habitat Day
On the first Monday of October every year, United Nations-designated World Habitat Day. This year, it is being observed on October 4, 2021. The day is commemorated every year worldwide to throw light on the condition of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
It is celebrated to reflect upon the state of our habitats, and on everyone's right to adequate shelter. The United Nations also aims to remind the global community of its responsibility for the future of humankind's abode.
World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 with its theme ‘Shelter is my right’. It was hosted by Nairobi city during that year
Cities are responsible for some 70 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy, and waste management accounting for the bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions.
Therefore, we must reimagine our cities and towns for building a sustainable future. In view of this, Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world has been chosen as the theme for 2021’s World Habitat Day.