PM to inaugurate World Habitat Day celebrations
Today is World Habitat Day. Every year since 1986, the first Monday of October has been declared as World Habitat Day.
In 1985, the United Nations Human Habitat Commission, which met in Kingston, Jamaica, at its annual sessions, proclaimed that World Habitat Day would be celebrated annually.
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa, who participated in that conference at that time, led the Sri Lankan delegation and presented the idea of a World Habitat Day to the World Human Settlements Programme.
Through the International Year of Housing, which was the outcome of that proposal, the attention of all the people of the world was directed to housing and settlements.
Every year World Habitat Day is celebrated under a specific theme and this year the theme is ‘Resilient Urban Economies: Cities as Drivers of Growth and Recovery’.
The Urban Development and Housing Ministry is the representative agency of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Sri Lanka, which implements World Habitat Day worldwide.
According to the advice of Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, the Urban Development and Housing Ministry has implemented many special programmes.
World Habitat Day is scheduled to be celebrated this morning at the auditorium located on the 11th floor of Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla (second phase) under the leadership of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
In addition, the Urban Development and Housing Ministry has announced a Habitat Week. During that week, house title deeds will be issued to 500 beneficiaries. The Urban Development and Housing Ministry has also implemented a programme to provide house title deeds at the district level as per the instructions of the Minister Ranatunga. The Minister has also instructed the officials to complete the programme of giving these title deeds within the next one year.
Apart from that, certificates and cash prizes will also be awarded to the winners of the art and dance competitions and the winners of the short film festival which were organized to improve the artistic skills of the schoolchildren on the occasion of World Habitat Day.
In addition, the Urban Development and Housing Ministry will implement programmes to convert urban habitats into household economic units on the occasion of World Habitat Day this year.