Call for input: 20 years Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing: taking stock – moving forward

8 November 2020
Issued by:
Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing
To inform his report to the Human Rights Council in March 2021

Objectives of the report

On the occasion of the 20 year-anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, the Special Rapporteur invites States, national and local Governments, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organisations, UN agencies and inter-governmental entities, and others, to share their views on the achievements of the mandate since its establishment and on future challenges.

Key questions and types of input sought

This stock-taking exercise looks at all areas covered by the mandate and the various ‘means of action’ used by the Special Rapporteur during the past 20 years. The objective is to identify, in particular:

  1. main contributions of the Special Rapporteur to the promotion and realization of the right to adequate housing at local, country, regional or global level;
  2. core lessons learned;
  3. aspects that could be strengthened, for example, with respect to working methods and collaboration with UN bodies, States, and regional and national human rights mechanisms, civil society, the business sector and other stakeholders; and
  4. challenges and positive developments concerning the realization of the right to adequate housing in in your country, at regional or global level.

Online Questionnaire

Information will primarily be collected through an online survey. Due to limited capacity for translation, we kindly request to submit responses, if possible, in English (preferred), Spanish or French. Please feel free to limit responses to particular questions, areas or priorities that you consider important. The Special Rapporteur would in particular welcome any impact stories related to the work of the mandate.

Access the online survey | Questions in Word format

Additional reports or documentation can also be submitted to the Special Rapporteur by writing to


The Special Rapporteur invited representatives from UN agencies, local governments, civil society, national human rights institutions and other stakeholders to take part in interactive virtual consultations to inform his stocktaking exercise on 7 October and 8 October 2020.

Replies to the online survey

Additional submissions received


National Human Rights Institutions

Civil Society