Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda from the perspective of the right to adequate housing


For her next report to the General Assembly 70th session, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, seeks to focus on priority issues for the preparatory discussions towards the development of a New Urban Agenda (UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development- Habitat III, 2016) from the perspective of the right to adequate housing and related human rights.

She aims to outline key issues that require a human rights perspective in their construction and implementation. The Special Rapporteur will also identify, where possible, synergies for States and other relevant actors between the post-2015 Sustainable Development goals and targets, and Habitat III.

Highlighted as a priority for her mandate (see report A/69/274), the Special Rapporteur is interested in the intersection between rapid urbanization and the role of the right to adequate housing and related human rights. In the Rapporteur’s views the New Urban Agenda could be an opportunity for States and other relevant actors to enhance their capacities and commitment on how to utilize a human rights framework in future development planning. 

The report of the Special Rapporteur will be presented to the General Assembly in October 2015, and will be available in all UN languages.

Questionnaire for governments and other relevant actors

The Special Rapporteur invites Governments and other relevant actors, such as National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organisations, networks, UN agencies and entities, and others with relevant information to share contributions and inputs for her report. For this purpose, she has prepared a Questionnaire.

All responses to the Questionnaire will be posted in this webpage, except if indicated otherwise.

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 30 June, 2015.

Please send your responses preferably in electronic version via email to: srhousing@ohchr.org, or to:

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

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