published on 7 October 2019 in ecosystems

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day, set by the United Nations Organisation as the first Monday in October each year, is being celebrated this year on 7 October. World Habitat Day was designated by the UN General Assembly with Resolution no. 40/202 and celebrated for the first time in 1986.  The aim of the Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. Each year, the United Nations chooses a new theme for the day based on topical issues relevant to the Habitat Agenda. As the UN Habitat Website states, the theme of the 2019 edition is “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”. Innovative and sustainable waste management is necessary to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” The problem of waste is one of the challenges that remain unanswered and a goal that still has to be achieved to make our cities more habitable: waste produced by human activities (solids, liquids, domestic, industrial and commercial) in fact continue to have a devastating effect on climate changes, on public health and on the environment.

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