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Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context
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Author: Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing
10-21-2015


Summary

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Leilani Farha, outlines how the right to adequate housing must guide the development and implementation of a "new urban agenda” to be adopted at Habitat III, in October 2016. Habitat III will be the first global summit of the twenty-first century where housing and urban challenges will be in the spotlight. At a time when more than half the world’s population lives in cities, with the majority of urban dwellers facing homelessness, lacking security of tenure or living in inadequate conditions, and a third of them living in informal settlements, the Special Rapporteur argues that the change needed is a new "urban rights agenda” with the right to housing at its core. The report focuses on the transformational qualities of the right to adequate housing in cities and its ability to bring coherence to the broad range of issues that will be discussed at Habitat III. In this context, the Special Rapporteur discusses five critical cross-cutting areas that must be given priority: (a) social exclusion: stigmatization and housing status; (b) migration; (c) vulnerabl e groups; (d) land and inequality; and (e) informal settlements. The Special Rapporteur highlights how the right to adequate housing establishes accountability and facilitates access to justice and the participation of marginalized groups in decisions that affect their lives, and lays out steps for implementation. The report concludes with bold recommendations for the urban rights agenda, including: (a) eliminating homelessness and forced evictions; (b) ensuring security of tenure for all households; and (c) ensuring the incorporation of the right to housing as paramount in all urban law, policy and programmes, including fiscal policy and resource allocation.

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