World Habitat Day


Bangladesh - stamp for World Habitat Day 1998The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

The first United Nations World Habitat Day Celebration was held 1986 in Nairobi, with the theme "Shelter is my right".


Logo for World Habitat Day 2006The international community commemorates World Habitat Day on the first Monday of every October, reminding the world of the commitment to the protection and realisation of the human right to adequate housing and to an adequate standard of living for all people across the world. It is also an occasion to recognise and support ongoing human rights struggles, honour human rights defenders, remind Governments of their legal obligations and bring to light the multiple violations that millions continue to face of their housing and related rights.


1986   Shelter is my right (Nairobi, Kenya)

1987   Shelter for the homeless (New York, United States)

1988   Shelter and community (London, United Kingdom)

1989   Shelter, health and the family (Jakarta, Indonesia)

1990   Shelter and urbanization (London, United Kingdom)

1991   Shelter and the living environment (Hiroshima, Japan)

1992   Shelter and sustainable development (United Nations, New York)

1993   Women and shelter development (United Nations, New York)

1994   Home and the family (Dakar, Senegal)

1995   Our neighbourhood (Curitiba, Brazil)

1996   Urbanization, citizenship and human solidarity (Budapest, Hungary)

1997   Future cities (Bonn, Germany)

1998   Safer cities (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

1999   Cities for all (Dalian, China)

2000   Women in urban governance (Kingston, Jamaica)

2001   Cities without slums (Fukuoka, Japan)

2002   City-to-city cooperation (Brussels, Belgium)

2003   Water and sanitation for cities (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

2004   Cities - Engines of rural development (Nairobi, Kenya)

2005   The Millennium Development Goals and the city (Jakarta, Indonesia)

2006   Cities, magnets of hope (Naples, Italy / Kazan, Russia)

2007   A safe city is a just city (The Hague, Netherlands / Monterrey, Mexico)

2008   Harmonious cities (Luanda, Angola)

2009   Planning our urban future (Washington DC, United States)



Stamp catalogue - 1998 - Safer cities


Bangladesh                                          5 October 1998



Stamp catalogue - 1999 - Cities for all


Bangladesh                                          4 October 1999



Stamp catalogue - 2002 - City-to-city cooperation


Bangladesh                                          7 October 2002









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