Designing and implementing effective human rights-based housing strategies

For her next thematic report to the Human Rights Council, 37th session, the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing will focus on guidance for states to design and implement effective human rights-based housing strategies to realize the right to housing and to fulfil commitments made in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

The Special Rapporteur has learned in her country visits, previous research, through communications and in other aspects of her mandate that there is a pressing need for guidance on how to design and implement effective human rights-based housing strategies.

In keeping with the elements of human rights-based housing strategies identified by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in its general comment No. 4, the Special Rapporteur wishes to provide concrete and practical guidance to Governments, both at the national and subnational levels, on how to meet these requirements.

She welcomes information from States about housing strategies with at least some of the characteristics of a human rights-based approach, their assessments of the most effective means of implementing these requirements and suggestions for how existing approaches might be improved. The Rapporteur would also consider experiences on human –rights based approaches strategies on other economic, social and cultural rights if available. Concrete examples of challenges faced and suggestions about how these can be addressed would be particularly helpful.

Rather than seeking answers to specific questions, for this report, the Special Rapporteur invites Governments, National Human Rights Institutions, independent monitoring mechanisms, civil society organizations and networks, and others with relevant information to share contributions and inputs for her report. She requests that, where possible, responses provide links to relevant legislation, strategies or documentation.

Call for Contributions for States
(English | Spanish | French)

Call for Contributions for civil society organizations and National Human Rights Institutions (English | Spanish | French)

Due to limited capacity for translation, we kindly request that you submit your answers, if possible, in English, Spanish or French and, no later than 17 November 2017. Please keep your responses to a maximum of 3 pages (or 2,000 words).

Please send your responses preferably in electronic version via email to:, or to:

UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing 
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Special Procedures Branch, Palais Wilson 
CH – 1211, Geneva 

Responses from States

Responses from Civil Society Organizations

Responses from National Human Rights Institutions