“The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter,” the UN says on its website dedicated to this day. “It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future generation’s habitat.”
Since 1986, the first Monday of October has been earmarked as a time to focus our attention as individuals and groups on the fact that a huge number of the people who share our planet are without viable homes. Cities around the world, from Nairobi to New York to Shanghai, have taken turns serving as “hosts” for the annual observations, each of which has its own theme to further sharpen focus, examine urbanization problems and their impact on the environment and poverty.
And each year, a worthy recipient is named for the UN’s Habitat Scroll of Honor Award, the most prestigious prize of its kind in the world, recognizing initiatives that have proved successful in providing shelter, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post-conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving human settlements and quality of urban life.
World Habitat Day is meant to draw attention to Goal #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Among the specific targets are ensuring access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and strengthening efforts to protect cultural and natural heritage everywhere. Deoleo believes these admirable targets are ambitious but entirely achievable. For this reason, Deoleo is doing its part to help global society reach them and, if everyone seizes the opportunity, brings to bear their talents and resources, and remains unwaveringly committed, this will truly become a better world for all.