1 October 2012 to 5 October 2012
World Habitat Day aims to increase collective awareness of human habitat and to encourage greater responsibility for a sustainable future. As the world’s population living in the urban areas steadily increases, issues of climate change, poverty, resource depletion, social exclusion, food insecurity and economic instability become pressing, and have the potential to significantly impact our urban settlements into the future.
The University of Auckland is hosting a series of events to raise awareness for a better urban future on World Habitat Day, and to showcase our initiatives in urban sustainability in line with the theme Changing Cities, Building Opportunities. Events encompass departments, disciplines, students and staff across The University of Auckland, as well as other interested stakeholders.
The United Nations have chosen Changing Cities, Building Opportunities as the theme this year to underscore the importance of cities as engines of growth. The need to plan our cities better is vital in avoiding chaotic development and urban sprawl. Well planned local and global urban environments continue to offer opportunities to both current and future residents, especially the many who leave the rural areas and flock to the cities for no other reason than the promise of a better future and prosperity.
Word Habitat Day Photo Exhibition - 1 to 5 October
Selected entries will be on display at the NICAI Student Centre, Level 2, 26 Symonds Street from 1 to 5 October. Vote for your favourite entries on Facebook.
The People's Choice Award will be awarded to the photo that is deemed most popular on Facebook. Voting will close at 12pm, Thursday 4 October (NZ time). Winners will be announced in a prize ceremony at 12.30pm, on Friday 5 October at the NICAI Student Centre.
Rapid urbanisation and exclusion - 3 October
A cross-disciplinary panel of academics from the University will discuss this theme. It will be held from 5pm-6pm Conference Centre Lecture Theatre, Room 342, on Wednesday 3 October.
World Urban Forum 6 Feedback - 4 October
PhD Students share their experience from organising the sustainability exhibition at WUF6. Room 342, Building 423, 5.30pm – 7pm,
The University of Auckland World Habitat Day Scroll of Honour - 5 October
At the NICAI Student Centre, Level 2, Building 421.