Celebrating world habitat day 2006
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of 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.
Cities around the world on Monday marked the 2006 celebration of World Habitat Day, which was launched at a glittering waterfront ceremony in the ancient Italian city of Naples.
The United Nations every year reflects on how we manage our cities in the new millennium as humanity now moves from being predominantly rural to overwhelmingly urban. Today, half of us live in cities, and the world is witnessing the fastest urban growth ever experienced.
At the same time, never before have the absolute numbers of people on the move been as great as they are today. And mostly, they are moving into cities, whether from the hinterland or abroad. This migration is taking place at a time when cities are growing at unprecedented rates. And this is why UN-HABITAT chose the theme, "Cities, magnets of hope", to mark the 2006 events.