On the first Monday of October, we reflect on the basic right of all to adequate shelter on World Habitat Day, and to remind the world that we all have the power and responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. In 2020, the global observance of World Habitat Day will be held in Surabaya, Indonesia. 

Every year, a theme is presented by the United Nations so that we may come together, and engage in a global discussion around a particular focus area. This year’s theme is Housing for All: A Better Urban Future. Did you know that 1.8 billion people around the globe lack adequate housing, and by 2030 that number could increase to 3 billion?

Sustainable housing is not only the first step in reducing inequality and poverty levels, it is also a catalyst for progressively delivering human rights and meeting the Sustainable Development goals that are critical to reverse the effects of climate change.

Want to get involved? Spread the word about World Habitat Day on social media, or volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity to help families achieve the strength and stability they need to build a better life.