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In December 1985, the United Nations General Assembly declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day in recognition of the basic need for adequate shelter. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing around the world. If no serious action is taken, the number of slum dwellers worldwide will increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to call attention to this desperate need for adequate housing for everyone. By raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing, we want to alter the systems that reinforce poverty housing and make a decent, affordable place to live a reality for all.