Friday 9 October 2020, 3-5pm CEST (click here to see your local time)
This year’s World Habitat Day is themed Housing for All: A Better “Urban” Future, a theme that echoes the UN SDGs and New Urban Agenda to Leave No One Behind. Yet, COVID-19 is showing us that many are being left behind. While COVID-19 is primarily referred to as a health and economic emergency, the right to housing and housing related services play a critical role in how we are able to respond to the pandemic collectively.
Before forging ahead, we are taking a moment to look back and reflect on Housing Rights and where we have come from. In looking forward, we are engaging with the current moment to move beyond diagnosis and take stock of how various actors are defending and producing housing rights in the light of COVID-19.
The main aim is to bring together various communities of practice converging in the defence and production of the ‘right to housing’ as the ‘right to life’, and to move towards a collective debate on how our responses are changing / need to change in the current situation.