World Habitat Day is a global observance and not a public holiday unfortunately.
It is celebrated in many countries around the world, with various activities organized to examine the problems of rapid urbanization and its impact on the environment and human poverty.
The UN’s World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”. Nairobi was allocated as the host city for the observance that year.
An important highlight of the day is the “Habitat Scroll of Honour” award, which was launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHSP) in 1989. It is believed to be the world’s most prestigious human settlements award and aims to acknowledge initiatives that make outstanding contributions in areas such as shelter provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless, leadership in post conflict reconstruction, and developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.
The theme for 2014 is Voices from Slums, “giving voice to people who have lived or live in slums or other vulnerable urban contexts.” For further information, visit the World Habitat Day web page.