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 Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.

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Cities around the world are planning activities and events to celebrate World Habitat Day and World Cities Day
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Cape Verde


"In the occasion of the celebrations for the World Habitat Day 2017, UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Cultural Center Brasil-Angola, organized an Urban Breakfast in Luanda with the participation of the Ministry of Housing and territorial development.
The event opened by the UN Resident Coordinator for Angola, was an opportunity to raise awareness on sustainable Urban Development almost one year after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda.
The main theme was 'Transforming our cities: Implementing the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs' and saw a number of short presentations from the UN-Habitat National Office and the World Urban Forum Secretariat, as well as from representatives of civil society organizations, Academia as well as from the Ministry that presented progress on a programme currently implemented with UN-Habitat and soon evolving into a UN joint collaboration at country level including several UN agencies based in Angola.
During the week Urban October celebrations continued with a WUF9 and the New Urban Agenda presentation and discussion at a session of the UN Country Team Meeting as well as workshops and lectures held with students in two different Universities of the city of Luanda.
The World Urban Forum Secretariat met also with the recently appointed Minister of Housing and Territorial Development, Ms. Ana Paula Carvalho to discuss opportunities for collaborations in the framework of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and participation to the WUF9."
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2 October 2017 - Urban Breakfast on World Habitat Day and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat Angola celebrated World Habitat Day this year by hosting an Urban Breakfast on the first Monday of this month at the Centro Cultural Brasil-Angola (CCBA) to address the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Angola, which expresses itself through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially number 11, the Urban SDG. The event counted on the presence of directors and senior technicians of the Government of Angola, of multiple stakeholders linked to the urbanism sector, members of civil society, as well as UN employees. Similarly, the keynote speakers of this event included the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Mr. Pier Paolo Balladelli, the UN-Habitat representative in Angola Mr. Thomaz Ramalho, a representative from the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum secretariat Mr. Roi Chiti. In addition, various specialists who have dealt with issues related to urbanisation and adequate housing integrated the diverse contents of the New Urban Agenda were in attendance. The six speakers presented the following topics:

  • Urban Development in Angola: PNOTU and PNUH, by Architect António Gameiro;
  • Sustainable Urban Development in the Local Sphere: The Experience of Singapore, by Architect Ema Samali;
  • The PNOTU-HCPD Platform of UN-Habitat for Sustainable Urban Development and the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Angola, by Architect Thomaz Ramalho;
  • New Urban Agenda - Social Inclusion, Poverty Erradication, and Participation of Civil Society, by Architect Allan Cain;
  • New Urban Agenda - Planning and Managing of Spatial Urban Development, by Architect Angela Mingas;
  • Defining the Principles, Instruments and Methodologies of the New Urban Agenda as a Priority for Sustainable Urban Development in Angola, by Architect Marcella Guarneri.
The event was held at the Cultural Center Brasil-Angola.


UN-Habitat organized an Urban Breakfast to celebrate World Habitat Day in Nairobi. Opening remarks were made by the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Joan Clos, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya H.E. Mr. Anthony Andanje. The session was followed by a substantive discussion on the theme of World Habitat Day Housing Policies: Affordable Housing. The Panel includedthe Advisor, Policy and Delivery at the County Government of Kisumu Mr. George Okong’o, theC.E.O of Safaricom Sacco Dr. George Ochiri, and the Director of GROOTS Kenya Ms. Fridah Githuku.


UN-Habitat Mozambique celebrated World Habitat Day in Maputo by organizing panel presentations and discussion with the public over the subject ‘Adequate and Affordable Housing in Mozambique.


United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth Nigeria celebrated World Habitat Day on 5 October though an event focusing on role of young people in housing policies and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at all levels in achieving the SDG Goals in Nigeria. The aim was to celebrate the theme of World Habitat Day Housing Policies: Affordable Homes and to identify present-day housing policy in Nigeria and identify interventions towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Group also ought to identify, deliberate and list out an outcome document which can be used as recommendations for all stake holders towards the implementation of better housing policies that can be affordable for all.

On 9 October 2017 the Lagos State Government commemorated World Habitat Day 2017 and its theme Housing Policies: Affordable Homes. In this occasion, the state government pledged commitment to provision of affordable housing. The event was graced by officials from the Lagos State Government, including the Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and representatives from UN-Habitat. Please find here the complete report of the event


Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) organized a session to discuss the challenges of developing better housing policy in Khartoum city with policy makers and urban actors in Sudan. The session, held on World Habitat Day on 2 October 2017 at the headquarter of National Fund for Housing & Reconstruction at Khartoum city focused on the topic Towards Inclusive Housing Policy: Khartoum Case Study. Stakeholders from different sectors such as the National Fund for Housing & Reconstruction along with the heads of State Fund for Housing & Reconstruction, Engineering Council, Housing Research Center and UN-Habitat were present. The main presentation was by Khalafalla Omer, a member of RTPI. For more information please visit


The Government of Andhra Pradesh Indiacelebrated World Habitat Day by an inauguration of One Lakh EWS houses in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  In this initiative, the Government of Andhra Pradesh committed to provide Permanent houses to all eligible families by 2022. For more information please visit

Islamic Republic of Iran

The Ministry of Roads and Urban Development (MoRUD) led the Seventeenth Conference on Housing Policies and the Commemoration of World Habitat Day on 10 October in Tehran. The opening ceremony, held in the Roads, Housing and Urban Development Research Center (known as BHRC) was attended by the Minister of Roads and Urban Development Dr. Abbas Akhundi, Senior Ministry of Roads and Urban Development (MoRUD) officials, Members of Parliament, university professors and experts in the fields of housing and urban planning, and the Chief of UN-Habitat office in Iran Mr. Siamak Moghadam. The event focused on the theme of World Habitat Day “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes”. The Minister of Roads and Urban Development extensively addressed the issue of housing in the country. MoRUD’s annual Conference on Housing Policies focuses on integrated housing issues such as financing, affordable housing, informal settlements, land policies, urban economy, housing market and human settlements. UN-Habitat will also present a paper on the concept of low income housing and their coverage in the Vancouver Declaration, Habitat Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.



Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenian Association of Landscape Architects and Town and Spatial Planning Association of Slovenia celebrated World Habitat Day on 2 October 2017 in the city of Ljubljana. The main activity was the launch of the Slovenian translation of the New Urban Agenda and discussion about the role and future of Slovenian cities and towns. In the first segment of the event, the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning Mrs. Irena Majcen welcomed the attendees and stressed the importance of Slovenian cities in achieving sustainable development. This was followed by the launch of translation and presentation of the New Urban Agenda in Slovene. Later the representative of city of Ljubljana shared his views on importance of the New Urban Agenda for the local level and experience from the Habitat III conference. The second segment included professionals, national and local officials discussing the state, role and future of Slovenian towns and cities. The event was also the opening of Ministry’s annual project “Mesec prostora”. This project connects different events that take place throughout October and which address spatial and urban development themes. The main theme this year is “Green Space Connects Us”.


UN-Habitat Spain organized a Session of Urban Cinema at the Madrid Official Architects College. The session broadcast two UN-Habitat videos (The Quito Papers and Urban Labs, the Film) and the movie Citizen Jane, the battle for the City, whose broadcasting rights have been acquired for the occasion. The event focused on messages promoting World Habitat Day 2017 theme and the Urban October month.