As the world marks World Habitat Day 2020, which is celebrated every first Monday of October, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, says the urgency of improving living conditions has been brought to the fore by COVID-19, which has devastated the lives of millions in cities.
Guterres noted that access to clean water and sanitation, along with social distancing, are key responses to the pandemic, yet in slums it has proved difficult to implement these measures, adding that this means an increased risk of infection, not only within slums but in whole cities”
With this year’s team as Housing For All — A Better Urban Future, Guterres, in his message, says 1 billion people live in overcrowded settlements with inadequate housing.
World Habitat Day is designated to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.