World Habitat Day observed on October 1
The World Habitat Day was observed every year on first Monday in October all over the world. This year it was observed on 1 October 2018 with theme ‘Municipal Solid Waste Management’. The purpose of day is to reflect on state of cities and towns and basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind world of its collective responsibility for habitat of future generations.
This year’s theme aims to highlight issue of solid waste management as global issue that affects everyone. It seeks to bring change in public attitudes to minimize waste and stop littering, regularization of informal waste pickers, increase recycling and reusing, solid waste planning including adequate landfill sites to improve current state of solid waste management in cities across the world and save money to become ‘Waste-Wise Cities’.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The day was established by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through Resolution 40/202 in 1985 and was first celebrated in 1986. Since then it is observed each year with new theme to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.