Housing Rights: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Join this collective reflection and debate on how our responses to housing rights are changing


Housing Rights: Looking back, looking forward’, Friday 9 October 2020, 14.00-16.00 BST CEST

This year’s World Habitat Day is themed Housing for All: A Better “Urban” Future, a theme that echoes the UN SDGs and New Urban Agenda to Leave No One Behind. Yet, COVID-19 is showing us that many are being left behind. While COVID-19 is primarily referred to as a health and economic emergency, the right to housing and housing related services play a critical role in how we are able to respond to the pandemic collectively.

Before forging ahead, we are taking a moment to look back and reflect on Housing Rights and where we have come from. In looking forward, we are engaging with the current moment to move beyond diagnosis and take stock of how various actors are defending and producing housing rights in the light of COVID-19.

The main aim is to bring together various communities of practice converging in the defence and production of the ‘right to housing’ as the ‘right to life’, and to move towards a collective debate on how our responses are changing / need to change in the current situation.

The event is co-hosted by the Development Planning Unit, the Habitat International Coalition, the International Institute for Environment and Development and United Cities and Local Governments.

  • Mariolga Juliá Pacheco and Don Jose Caraballo, Caño Martín Peña CLT, Puerto Rico;
  • Theresa Williamson, Favela CLT, Brazil;
  • Khalid Hussain and Rabeya Rahman, Community-Led Development of the Urdu-Speaking Bihari Camps, Bangladesh;
  • Line Algoed, Center for CLT Innovation and co-editor of On Common Ground: International Perspectives of Community Land Trusts.

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