The right to adequate housing has become prominent in the human rights agenda, in the light of an increased financialization of housing that has raised precariousness, the intersection between climate change and housing rights and in the face of the current pandemic that has exposed pre-existing inequalities and the critical role of housing in how we are able to respond collectively.
The ‘Housing rights: Looking back, looking forward’ event was co-hosted by the DPU alongside the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and took place on October 9th 2020.
The online gathering paid special attention to the need to open a dialogue between a wide array of speakers converging in the defence and production of the ‘right to housing’ as the ‘right to life’.
HIC President, Adriana Allen opened the floor and conducted the closing remarks underlining the need to continue this conversation, highlighting the importance of strength alliances as a critical aspect to learn from the past and to move forward to witness the consolidation and emergence of multiple ways of activating housing rights as actual entitlements.
This dynamic discussion has started in an important moment at the fore of the struggles we face, increasingly endangered through old and new machines of massive evictions, displacements and dispossession, and in the face of the current pandemic. For more info on this relevant conversation and how to join it:
► WEB www.hic-net.org/housing-rights-conversation/
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