WORLD HABITAT DAY 2022

  • Theme ‘Mind the Gap. Leave No One Behind and No Place Behind’ celebrated
    Theme serves as a strong reminder that we cannot leave behind any citizen and any place as we build towards a more resilient future:
    Government’s resolve towards inclusive and equitable development is demonstrated in its flagship urban missions and initiatives
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) celebrated World Habitat Day 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan today.
  • The pandemic highlighted the problem of growing inequalities, vulnerabilities and challenges in cities and human settlements.
  • It galvanised national and local governments to embark on a transformative path towards achieving the central pledge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), i.e. ‘leave no one behind’ a reality.
  • In India, that effort took shape in the form of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, SabkaPrayas’.
  • The theme of World Habitat Day 2022 also resonates deeply with the Gandhian philosophy of ‘Antyodaya se Sarvodaya’.
  • The government’s resolve towards inclusive and equitable development is demonstrated in its flagship urban missions and initiatives., he said.

Referring to the various schemes of Ministry in specific and Government of India in general, the Union Minister that the schemes like

  1. Pradhan MatriAwas Yojana (PMAY),
  2. PM SVANidhi scheme,
  3. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM),
  4. Swachh Bharat Mission have been conceptualised with focus on vulnerable and marginalised sections.

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our habitats, 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.
  • In 2022, World Habitat Day (WHD 2022) under the theme “Mind the Gap.
  • Leave No One and Place Behind” looks at the problem of growing inequality and challenges in cities and human settlements.
  • World Habitat Day 2022 seeks to draw attention to the growing inequalities and vulnerabilities that have been exacerbated by the triple ‘C’ crises — COVID-19, climate and conflict.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

 

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