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Habitat Day: World ponders solid waste management amid flood disasters

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COUNTRIES all over the world will on Monday mark the 2018 World Habitat Day.
The day, which is marked on first Monday of October, every year, is set aside by the United Nations to reflect on the state of towns and cities, including the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that everyone has the power and the responsibility to shape the future of cities and towns.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

The celebration’s main purpose include paying attention towards the need for better shelter all over the world, sharing the priority of affordable and adequate housing everywhere, reflecting on the states and towns and paying attention on the basic human rights for adequate shelter, as well as increasing the awareness of joint responsibilities for future generations’ habitat worldwide, among others.

This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management. The essence is to raise awareness that Municipal solid waste is a global challenge that needs to be addressed and that everyone needs to facilitate policy dialogue and form partnerships to promote innovative solutions to municipal solid waste management, mobilize resources to address the municipal solid waste challenges.
The main event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, October 1. The international campaign includes a series of events, communication tools and channels.

For Nigeria, this year’s celebration is quite special as it coincides with the nation’s Independent celebration, a day for reflections on how far Nigeria has gone in various aspects of development for the past 58years.

The day is a good day for governments at all levels and major stakeholders to ponder how best to manage solid waste especially now that most communities in the country are submerged by flood which proper management of solid waste can help prevent in the future.

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