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  • 03 October, 2022

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World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day

  • World Habitat Day will be observed annually on the first Monday in October (3 October 2022) to raise awareness of the condition of our habitats and the fundamental right of everyone to sufficient shelter.
  • At Vigyan Bhawan, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) observed World Habitat Day 2022.

About World Habitat Day

  • The Day's goal is to raise awareness of the fact that we all have the ability and obligation to influence the future of our communities and towns.
  • The goal of World Habitat Day 2022 is to raise awareness of the growing vulnerabilities and inequities that have been made worse by the Triple "C" Crises: COVID-19, Climate Change, and Conflict.
  • WHD 2022's theme is "Mind the Gap. Never leave anyone or anything behind”.
  • The theme serves as a powerful reminder that "while we work to create a more resilient future, we cannot leave behind any citizen and any area."
  • History: The United Nations established World Habitat Day on the first Monday of October in 1985.
  • The first World Habitat Day was observed in 1986 under the banner "Shelter is My Right."
  • Nairobi (Kenya) served as the event's host city that year.

Award for Habitat Scroll of Honor:

  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (U.N.-Habitat) established the Habitat Scroll of Honor Award in 1989.
  • Right now, it has the title of world's most prestigious human settlements award.
  • Its goal is to recognise programmes that have made remarkable contributions in a variety of areas, including providing shelter, drawing attention to the suffering of the homeless, and showing leadership in post-conflict reconstruction, among other things.

What are the WHD Celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan's Key Highlights?

  • Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM), Pradhan Matri Awas Yojana (PMAY), PM SVANidhi scheme, Swachh Bharat Mission, and other programmes have been designed with a focus on vulnerable and marginalised groups.
  • By 2030, India will be able to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals' core promise to "leave no one behind."
  • Insist on making cities healthier, greener, and 25 years from now, economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Read Also: Melting of Arctic Ice & Ocean acidification

Source: The Hindu

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