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UN-Habitat and Cameroon to host Global Observance of World Habitat Day 2021 in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Nairobi/Yaounde, 8 September 2021 – UN-Habitat and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon have announced that the Global Observance of World Habitat Day, will take place in the capital Yaoundé on Monday 4 October 2021. The theme this year is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.
The announcement follows the virtual signing of an agreement between Cameroon’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Madam Célestine Ketcha Courtès and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif of UN-Habitat on 31 August 2021.   

World Habitat Day has been observed across the globe on the first Monday of October since 1986, highlighting a range of issues around sustainable urbanization. The Global Observance, hosted by a different city each year, is the main focus with attendance at the highest level.
“The fight against climate change will be won or lost in cities and towns,” said the UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif. “The future of the planet depends on the actions of our urban residents. Without urgent action to halt climate change and deal with its impacts, we will not achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals including SDG 11.  

“Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development and has a disproportional impact on the poorest and most vulnerable. “

The Global Observance will bring together high level representatives from national and local governments, UN agencies, development partners, the private sector, civil society organisations, academic institutions and the media to explore ways to reduce the carbon footprint of cities through urban planning, renewable resources, transport, waste disposal and other key actions to address climate change.   

“The celebrations under the High Patronage of His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic, will be watched by the whole world,” said Cameroon’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Célestine Ketcha Courtès.  

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