International Year of Shelter for the Homeless


Sri Lanka - coin International Year of Shelter for the Homeless 1987In 1982, the General Assembly proclaimed 1987 as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. The objectives were to improve the shelter situation of the poor and disadvantaged at both individual and community levels, particularly in developing countries, and to demonstrate means of continuing those efforts as ongoing national programs beyond 1987.


In a number of countries special programmes were developed to increase the awareness of the problems of human settlements and call for action to achieve adequate shelter for all.





General Assembly Resolution of 20 December 1982 proclaiming 1987 as IYSH.

Article 'Building for the homeless' in UN Chronicle, August 1987.

All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.



Stamp catalogue


Bangladesh                       15 December 1987

Netherlands                      10 February 1987

Suriname                         2 September 1987









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