Designing and implementing effective human rights-based housing strategies

On 28 February 2018 the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing presented to the Human Rights Council a report on human rights-based housing strategies (A/HRC/37/53). 

© Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housingHousing conditions around the world remain extremely challenging, with homelessness on the rise including in most affluent countries, forced evictions and displacement continuing unabated, informal settlements that lack basic services and security of tenure growing, and housing markets forcing poor and low income households out.

At the same time States have committed to ensure access to adequate, affordable, secure housing for all by 2030 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.

In order to address current housing conditions and meet these ambitious commitments States need to adopt human rights based housing strategies. 

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing provides guidance for States how they can design and implement effective human rights based housing strategies to realize the right to housing and move forward in meeting their obligations under Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Akin to a “how to manual” the report outlines necessary principles, elements and mechanisms for housing strategies to be rights based while providing examples of practices from which others can learn.

Read the report (A/HRC/37/54) in all UN languages.

Questionnaire for Governments, civil society and all relevant stakeholders:

In elaborating her report the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing invited  States National Human Rights Institutions, independent monitoring mechanisms, civil society organizations and networks to share information about their housing strategies and to provide concrete examples of challenges faced and suggestions about how these can be addressed.

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.  

Responses from States

Responses from Civil Society Organizations

Responses from National Human Rights Institutions