World Habitat Day is celebrated on October 4th around the world, dedicated to the human environment – the houses in which we live. According to statistics, 2% of the world population, amounting to around 150 million people, lack a permanent place of residence and are considered homeless. Activists and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have a home. Particular attention is paid to areas with a harsh climate.
World Habitat Day was established in 1985 with a UN resolution, though its origins go back to 1976 when people first realized the growing problem of homelessness and began to look for investors and volunteers to help find housing for those in need. Owning a house has always been seen as a valuable treasure, providing stability.
Enormous work has been done over the years, but there are still many problems that need to be solved. In 2016, a UN conference was held to facilitate resettlement of people from rural areas to urban development, and funding was allocated for housing construction; many families have already moved to new apartments.
- The name of the holiday is translated from Latin as ‘an area unsuitable for habitation’.
- Every year, a relevant topic is selected in order to address the current state of the housing infrastructure.
- World Habitat Day awards projects that have the potential to solve existing problems.
How to take part
Everyone can be part of this movement and help make the world a better place. Organizations are always in need of volunteers. Join a volunteer center with friends and make donations. Spread awareness of the issues by sharing the concerning statistics. By working together we can make a difference in the lives of those in need!
When is World Habitat Day in 2023?
World Habitat Day is observed on October 4 each year.