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World Habitat Day 2018

The theme of World Habitat Day 2018 was Municipal Solid Waste Management held in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 2018. The theme was chosen as the amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily leading to health problems and pollution and costing local authorities dearly.

A change in public attitudes to minimize waste and stop littering, the regularization of informal waste pickers, increased recycling, upcycling and reusing, sufficient funding and solid waste planning including adequate landfill sites, can help cities to improve the current state of solid waste management and save money to become ‘Waste-Wise Cities’.

World Habitat Day 2018 was marked by events in nearly 80 cities around the world.

Event City and Country
Nairobi, Kenya
Event Date
Media Resources
Advocacy Toolkit and Guide
Media Advisory for World Habitat Day 2018
Waste Wise Cities
WHD 2018 Banner
UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour winners Press Release 28 Sept 18
Messages from the UN Secretary General and the Executive Director
The Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif

I am excited to observe together with you, my first World Habitat Day as UN-Habitat’s Executive Director. I would like to encourage each one of you to be actively involved in this unique day to make it a resounding success.

World Habitat Day provides us a unique opportunity to focus international attention on key issues surrounding sustainable urbanization, human settlements and improving urban living conditions.

WHD Trash4Art Exhibition
Upcycle fashion Show
WHD Pledge Activity
Press events