The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as
World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the
state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the
responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.


This year we start the Urban October celebrating the World Habitat Day and reflecting on Public Spaces for All.

View Speech
Events around the World

Partners in cities around the world will hold activities and events to celebrate World Habitat Day 2015
and the theme Public Space for All. Register your event today to be listed in this page.

  • Africa & Arab States
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin Ameria & the Caribbean
  • North America



Smart Cities Initiative for North Africa will convene the International Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa (ISSC) on 6 October in Rabat, Morocco. The ISSC is an annual gathering that aims to contribute to the social and economic development of North African cities by helping them integrate "smart" initiatives. It focuses on connecting illustrious minds from the international community, notably North America, with influential policy makers in North Africa, allowing them to work together on key issues like information and communications technologies (ICT), innovation, and sustainability. The International Summit for Smart Cities in North-Africa is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on improving urban life. We live in an era where technological innovation is changing the ways in which cities are governed and citizens, businesses, and public institutions interact. The main goal of the Summit is to find innovative and actionable solutions for urban living within the African geopolitical context. The event will delve into key issues such as innovation and economic growth, urban planning and mobility, resource management and infrastructure, education, digital inclusion, and governance. City leaders, government officials, academics, urban planners, utility providers, and city experts will all come together to discuss and present best practices for developing the smart cities of tomorrow. They will also introduce innovative strategies for strengthening the institutional efficiency of cities and measuring public engagement to competitiveness and sustainability. This unique event in the region, will offer a unique peer-to-peer learning environment as well as exclusive networking opportunities. Understanding the tools, processes, and models best suited to fostering integrated communities and smart cities will help stakeholders develop strong, secure, and sustainable infrastructure for all citizens. About 500 participants are anticipated to attend.


The EastAfrican, a weekly publication by the Nation Media group will on 3 October 2015 publish a special report on World Habitat Day. The feature will highlight the following among others;

  • To call attention to the need for better shelter around the world.
  • To let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere.
  • To change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and involve partners in solutions.
  • Leadership in post conflict reconstruction
  • Developing and improving the human settlements and the quality of urban life.
  • The need to plan our cities better

The New Vision under the Vision Group Limited, will run a special publication on Monday 5th October 2015 in recognition of the World Habitat day. With the human population of the world growing at ever increasing rates and space at a premium, the publication is intended to promote awareness of the importance of ensuring that everybody has access to adequate shelter and accommodation.
Proposed areas of focus include;

  • Why World Habitat Day and the need for public spaces for all
  • Government policy on decent and affordable housing
  • The growing population, rising cost of living and housing crisis
  • Statement from Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development
  • Healthy living environment for all- Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation
  • Improved urban planning and slum upgrading.



Manipur University will celebrate World Habitat Day 2015 in the Campus on 5 October. This is the fourth time that the celebration takes place in the University. The Vice Chancellor of Manipur University will inaugurate the function. The event will bring together 100 faculty members, Post Graduate and Research scholars. The event takes place in the Seminar hall of the Department of Geography. The discussions will comprise topics on cities life , problems, environment and space available for urban amenities and sustainable environment during the celebration.

The Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), an inter-Ministerial organisation under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, India will publish a Special Issue of Newsletter titled “Nirman Sarika”, on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2015. The publication will focus on the theme of this year's World Habitat Day, Public Spaces for All.

Integral University, Lucknow has organized an event to raise awareness among the Student Community, as well as the Faculty Members of different disciplines, about challenges regarding 'human habitat' being faced world over. Through the Department of Architecture, the Integral University, Lucknow is organizing a seminar titled "SMART CITIES- myths and realities". The program will be presided over by the Honorable Vice Chancellor/ Pro Vice Chancellor of the University and Chief Guest on the occasion will be Prof. Jagbir Singh, Principal/ Dean, Faculty of Architecture, APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow. The seminar will mainly focus on issues related to energy conservation and environmental safety though advent of Smart Cities- a movement; the Government of India has recently initiated in the Country.



The UN-Habitat Liaison Office in Spain, in collaboration with the Ministry of Development and the National Habitat Committee will organize a conference in Madrid on October 5th, at 10:00 am. In light of the main theme of the WHD 2015, the goal of the event is to discuss and share knowledge and experience on public spaces from various points of view. Topics that will be covered are, among others, planning, accessibility, prevention and safety, social cohesion and gender equality. In addition, the inauguration of the exhibition "The 10th Spanish Catalogue for Best Practices" will take place. About 50 participants are expected to attend.



The Fundacion Somos Ecuador will on 11 October 2015 celebrate World Habitat Day in Santo Domingo square in the Old Town of Quito. A series of activities are planned to raise awareness on the interaction between citizens and public space. Each activity is aimed at creating a peaceful coexistence among citizens, promoting art, culture, history, healthy life, recycling waste management, among others. The event is organized with the support of different institutions and grassroots organizations. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend.


The HABITAR group in Limache, Chile , will join the global World Habitat Day celebrations through an event, where participants meet and discuss different experiences related to the theme of World Habitat Day in the region of Valparaiso. The preliminary program for the event includes a brief presentation of local sustainable development initiatives in relation to the theme of World Habitat Day, Public Spaces for All. Among the invited guests are architects from the area and community. The activity will be held on Monday, October 5 from 17:00 to 19:00 in the Hearth Foundation Limache, located at Avenida República 996.



The Global Observance of World Habitat Day this year will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, 5 October. The event format will be a high-level discussion covering key developments in the area of public space design. This event is organized by UN-Habitat, the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, the American Institute of Architects New York, UN Women, the Institute of Global Homelessness, the United Cities and Local Governments and the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations. The event will comprise of three main panel discussions. Among the invited guests, panelists and moderators include the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Joan Clos, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Ms. Lakshmi Puri, the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Mr. Antonio Patriota, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mr. Orhan Pamuk among others. This event is an outcome of a partnership with UN Women’s global initiative, the HeForShe campaign. This partnership aims at examining and promoting the role of men and women alike in the active creation public spaces for all.

Habitat for Humanity West Virginia Capitol Build and Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia's Capitol Build is held in association with West Virginia Habitat affiliates in conjunction with World Habitat Day taking place on 5 October. HFH WV invites the community, businesses, organizations and Habitat affiliates across the state to mark the event by partnering to draw attention to the continuing need for energy efficient affordable housing.
Planned activities include:

  • Construct framing for an energy efficient home on the Capitol Grounds to promote and celebrate Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with World Habitat Day incorporating 2x6 blessed/signed boards by state representatives during Housing Day at the Legislature and by others throughout the state.
  • The "Hand up Initiative". A statewide awareness campaign, recognizing an imprinted work glove as a symbol of Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia. The campaign shows appreciation to Habitat volunteers and partner families and also to acknowledge corporate sponsors. Work gloves will be distributed to those who help Habitat for Humanity through sponsorship or volunteering on build sites and special events.
  • Capitol Build Dedication. A dedication in celebration of Habitat for Humanity, World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity day in WV and Capitol Build sponsors.
  • Proclamation. Governor Tomblin declares Habitat for Humanity day in WV. Proclamation presentation and photo opportunity.
  • Framework will be moved by the end of day to a permanent build site in Marion County to be completed by Mon County Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of WV and EQT.