Past Events

Urban October 2019 celebrated around the world
The theme of World Habitat Day 2019 was Frontier technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth with the Global Observance being held in Mexico City.
The theme of World Cities Day 2019 was Changing the world: Innovations and a better life for future generations with the Global Observance held in Ekaterinburg.
During Urban October some 60 events took place both in Brazil and the USA (over 30 in New York), China hosted 40, India over 20 and 10 in Kenya. UN-Habitat appeared in 48.8 million article views with…
The theme of World Habitat Day 2018 was Municipal Solid Waste Management held in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 2018.
The theme of World Cities Day 2018 was Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities with the Global Observance held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
World Habitat Day 2017 was held on 2 October 2017, under the theme – Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.
World Cities Day 2017 was of great significance to UN-Habitat, marking one year after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. World Cities Day 2017 was celebrated under the theme – Innovative…
World Habitat Day 2016 was held on 3 October 2016, under the theme – Housing at the center.
World Cities Day 2016 was of great significance to UN-Habitat, having taken place a few days after the Habitat III Conference.
World Habitat Day 2015 was held on 5 October 2015, under the theme – Public Spaces for All.
World Cities Day 2015 was celebrated under the theme – Designed to live together.
World Habitat Day 2014 was held on 6 October 2014, under the theme – Voices from Slums.
The inaugural World Cities Day 2014 was celebrated under the theme – Leading Urban Transformations, which focused on redefining the urban paradigm for future generations and empowering people to…
World Habitat Day 2013 was held on 7 October 2013, under the theme – Urban Mobility.
World Habitat Day 2012 was held on 1 October 2012, under the theme – Changing Cities, Building Opportunities. The main celebration was hosted by Embu Town in Kenya.
World Habitat Day 2011 was held on 3 October 2011, under the theme – Cities and Climate Change.
World Habitat Day 2010 was held on 4 October 2010, under the theme – Better City, Better Life.
World Habitat Day 2009 was held on 5 October 2009, under the theme – Planning our urban future. The United Nations chose this theme to raise awareness of the need to improve urban planning to deal…
World Habitat Day 2008 was held on 6 October 2008, under the theme – Harmonious Cities.
World Habitat Day 2007 was held on 1 October 2007, under the theme – A safe city is a just city.
World Habitat Day 2006 was held on 2 October 2006 under the theme – Cities, Magnets of Hope. This theme was chosen to remind all of us that the world is witnessing the greatest migration in its…
World Habitat Day 2005 was held on 3 October 2005, under the theme – The Millennium Development Goals and the City.