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.
This year, the United Nations chose the theme ‘Voices from Slums’. The World Habitat Day 2014 campaign aims to recognize life in slums and give a voice to slum dwellers for improving quality of living conditions in existing slums by:
- raising awareness of living conditions in slums;
- developing processes and tools in defense of the historical memory of the people who have lived and live in the slums;
- demonstrating, through real stories, to decision makers in the urban arena that slum upgrading programmes can achieve better life conditions for slum dwellers, and greater economic and social impacts;
- sharing experiences on slum upgrading among cities and urban areas worldwide;
- contributing to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the integration of the life in the slum into the city;
- identifying policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Habitat, can offer significant contributions;
- identifying key stakeholders in slum upgrading and adequate housing and actively engaging them in further discussions;
- contributing, as relevant, to the post-2015 discussions and Habitat III Conference.