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Messages on World Habitat Day

Remarks of Secretary Shaun Donovan, World Habitat Day Opening Ceremony

The Secretary-General message on World Habitat Day 5 October 2009
The theme of this year's observance of World Habitat Day, Planning our Urban Future, is meant to underscore the urgency of meeting the needs of city dwellers in a rapidly urbanizing world. Read More

Statement of the Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2009.
We have chosen the theme, Planning our Urban Future, for World Habitat Day 2009 for a simple but very important reason: In many parts of our world urban planning systems have changed very little. Read More

Washington gears up for World Habitat Day
Representatives from 30 U.S. organizations partnered with U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and UN-HABITAT to plan celebrations of World Habitat Day on October 5, 2009. Read More

Washington gears up for World Habitat Day

Representatives from 30 U.S. organizations partnered with U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and UN-HABITAT to plan celebrations of World Habitat Day on October 5, 2009.

For the Obama Administration, the celebrations provide an opportunity to highlight its revitalization strategy for urban, rural, and metropolitan America.

Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, underscored what President Obama has said so eloquently time and again, America has always been strongest when we work in partnership to build communities that are vibrant, durable and inclusive.

Organizations welcomed the celebrations of World Habitat Day in Washington as an excellent opportunity to foster global discussion and raise the profile of shelter and urban issues at the national and international level. They said the day would raise awareness of important aspects of shelter and urban development ranging from affordable housing, urban planning, , and sustainable development.

The stimulating World Habitat Day program will have a mixture of policy, technical and cultural events and is co-hosted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and UN-HABITAT. The hosts have strong support and involvement from a wide range of organizations including Rockefeller Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, National Building Museum, Woodrow Wilson Centre, CHF International, American Planners Association, International Housing Coalition, USAID, Cities Alliance, the World Bank, and a coalition of partners.

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