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World Habitat Day

  • 07 Oct 2019
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The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day.

  • The theme for World Habitat Day 2019 is “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth”.
    • Frontier technologies refers to automation, robotics, electric vehicles, renewable energy technologies, biotechnologies, and artificial intelligence which can transform social, economic and environmental spheres.
  • The focus of this year’s theme to promote the contribution of innovative technologies to sustainable waste management to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11.
    • Sustainable Development Goal 11 aims to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter.
  • It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.
  • The global observation of the World Habitat Day 2019 will be hosted by the Government of Mexico in Mexico City on 7 October this year.
  • World Habitat Day was first celebrated in 1986 with the theme “Shelter is My Right”.
    • Nairobi was the host city for the observance that year.

Source: UN

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