​World Habitat Day
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In the resolution of December 17, 1985, the United Nations General Assembly established the first Monday of October, each year, as World Habitat Day.

Every October, UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability. This year, Urban October opens with World Habitat Day on October 4.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of cities and towns, and on everyone's fundamental right to adequate housing. The day also aims to remind the world that we all have the power and responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The theme of World Habitat Day this year is "Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world".

Cities are responsible for around 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions with transport, buildings, energy and waste management accounting for the majority of urban greenhouse gas emissions.

The future of our planet depends on national, regional and local governments and organisations, communities, academic institutions, the private sector and all relevant stakeholders working together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral cities and towns.

World Habitat Day will reinforce the Race to Zero Global Campaign and UN-Habitat's ClimateAction4Cities and encourage local governments to develop actionable zero-carbon plans ahead of the COP26 international climate change summit in November.

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