We are thrilled to invite you to attend a series of events with Miloon Kothari, the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. For almost a decade, Mr Kothari worked to elaborate the intersections between international human rights law and domestic policies and programs, including through fact-finding missions to countries including Canada.
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January 21 & 22, 2010
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- 1. Thursday, January 21, 1 pm-3pm, Music Room, Hart House
Organizing to ensure our rights are respected: - a civil society forum with Miloon Kothari and representatives from non-governmental housing and homelessness groups, equity-seeking organizations and others.
- 2. Thursday, January 21, 5 pm-6:30pm, 6th Floor Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
The right to housing, health and the reality of Canada's affordable housing crisis: - a public forum with Miloon Kothari, along with Canadian
and international speakers, to review Canada's progress in meeting its international housing rights obligations.
- 3. Friday, January 22, 9am-12noon, 108N, Munk Centre
The right to housing and the right to health: - a theoretical and research perspective. Mr. Kothari will meet with academics and students for a review of human rights and global realities.
- 4. Friday, January 22, 1pm-2:30pm, 6th Floor Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
Making rights matter: - reflections on a decade as special rapporteur – Miloon Kothari will deliver reflections on his decade as the first United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, including his experiences on a number of fact-finding missions, and observations on the impact of his work.
Miloon KOTHARI (India)
Former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, United Nations Human Rights Council (2000-2008)
Mr. Kothari is a leading voice at national, regional and international forums on human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights. Mr. Kothari was appointed in September 2000 by the UN Commission on Human Rights as the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. His mandate involves reporting annually to the Commission (now the UN Human Rights Council) on the status throughout the world of the realisation of the rights that are related to the right to adequate housing, and identifying practical solutions and good
practices towards this end. In addition, the Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to promote cooperation among and assistance to Governments in their efforts to secure these rights; apply a gender perspective in the work; develop regular dialogue and collaboration with Governments, relevant UN bodies, specialised agencies, civil society and international financial institutions.
An architect by training, Mr. Kothari, who resides in New Delhi, India, has extensive experience in the area of housing and land rights. He is the coordinator of the South Asian Regional Programme of the Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network and is founding member of the International NGO Committee on Human Rights in Trade and Investment (INCHRITI). Mr. Kothari is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Global Women and AIDS Coalition, UNAIDS.
In recent years, he has been particularly active on issues such as Women’s rights to land, inheritance, property, housing and globalization, trade liberalization and their impacts on the right to adequate housing and other related rights. In addition to housing and land rights, he has also been actively involved in works related to human rights dimensions of poverty, health, water and sanitation.
Mr. Kothari is an outspoken critic of the countries and institutions that see the neo-liberal and military/security policies as a means to achieving democracy and human rights. In his work as Rapporteur he has also focused on strategies to ensure respect for human rights in post-conflict and post-disaster situations. Since taking up his position as the Special Rapporteur, he has carried out country missions to Romania, Mexico, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Peru, Afghanistan, Kenya, Brazil, Iran, Cambodia, Australia, Spain, South Africa and Canada. He has presented eight annual reports to the Human Rights Commission and Council. He also conducted, from 2002 to 2006, a global study on Women and Housing and Land (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/housing/women.htm). He has actively contributed to the standard setting process as part of his Rapporteur work, including the preparation of Principles and Guidelines on Development based Evictions and Displacement, in his 2007 report to the UN Human Rights Council. (Documents avalable at.: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/housing/index.htm).