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World Habitat Day 2023


  • Every year, the World Habitat Day is celebrated on the first Monday of the month of October. This year, it was observed on 2nd October.
  • The World Habitat Day 2023 focuses on the theme "Resilient Urban Economies: Cities as Drivers of Growth and Recovery".
  • This theme has been kept keeping in mind the cities struggling with the global economic recession and the impact of COVID-19.

About the History:-

  • In 1985, the United Nations designated the first Monday of October each year as World Habitat Day.
  • The day was first celebrated in Nairobi, Kenya in 1986 with the theme "Shelter is My Right".
  • It was an attempt to convey the message of development of housing and cities across the world.
  • It is important to note that the place where you live and the environment around it affects your living and thinking, hence, everyone should have a better house and living conditions.
  • The day recognizes that every individual on this planet deserves a safe and descent place to it a home.

Overview of 2023:-

  • The year 2023 has been a particularly challenging year for Urban Economies.
  • The global economic growth declined to about 2.5%, weakest growth experienced since 2001.
  • The primary objective of the theme of this year's World Habitat Day is to bring together various stakeholders within cities to address the economic slowdown.
  • The another key aspect of 2023 theme is the exchange of experiences among different cities, as cities are the engines that create the value to boosts economic recovery.

Source - Hindustan Times

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