In situ examination of the progress in and obstacles to the realization of the right to adequate housing by conducting country visits is an essential component of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.
The general objectives of such missions are:
(a) to examine and report on the status of the realization of housing rights in the country, with particular attention to aspects of gender equality and non-discrimination and the protection of the poor, the vulnerable and minorities;
(b) to engage in dialogues with the Government, United Nations and intergovernmental agencies and civil society in their efforts to secure these rights;
(c) to identify practical solutions and best practices in the realization of rights relevant to the mandate;
(d) to follow up on relevant concluding observations made by treaty bodies and other international bodies and assess their impacts on policies adopted by the countries concerned.
Furthermore, depending on the particular country context, the mission may have a specific thematic focus on priority issues that the Special Rapporteur has identified.
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