On World Habitat Day, public spaces are demanded for all

5 October 2015

Safe public spaces for women and girls contribute to increasing equity, promoting inclusion and combating discrimination, highlighted the UN Secretary General in a message on the occasion of World Habitat Day.

Ban Ki-moon also stressed that the availability of good quality public spaces encourages people to communicate and collaborate with each other and to participate in public life.

This year, the UN has chosen the motto “Public spaces for all” for this World Habitat Day, which is commemorated one week after the member states adopted the new 2030 sustainable development agenda.

One of the 17 specific goals included in that agenda highlights the need for cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. More will be said about this at the Habitat III conference to be held in Quito in October next year.

The executive director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, also highlighted in a message that this year’s campaign has been carried out in collaboration with the initiative “HeforShe” (He for Her) of UN-Women and with this he wants to emphasize the role of men and women for the creation of public spaces that do not discriminate and promote gender equality.

“Adequate public spaces strengthen community cohesion and promote health, happiness and well-being for all citizens, as well as favor investment, economic development and environmental sustainability”, underlined Joan Clos

5 October 2015

Safe public spaces for women and girls contribute to increasing equity, promoting inclusion and combating discrimination, highlighted the UN Secretary General in a message on the occasion of World Habitat Day.

Ban Ki-moon also stressed that the availability of good quality public spaces encourages people to communicate and collaborate with each other and to participate in public life.

This year, the UN has chosen the motto “Public spaces for all” for this World Habitat Day, which is commemorated one week after the member states adopted the new 2030 sustainable development agenda.

One of the 17 specific goals included in that agenda highlights the need for cities and human settlements to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. More will be said about this at the Habitat III conference to be held in Quito in October next year.

The executive director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, also highlighted in a message that this year’s campaign has been carried out in collaboration with the initiative “HeforShe” (He for Her) of UN-Women and with this he wants to emphasize the role of men and women for the creation of public spaces that do not discriminate and promote gender equality.

“Adequate public spaces strengthen community cohesion and promote health, happiness and well-being for all citizens, as well as favor investment, economic development and environmental sustainability”, underlined Joan Clos