Call for inputs on making housing affordable

Date: 28th March 2023
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, Right to life, survival and development

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Deadline: 20th April 2023

Adequate housing is a human right set out in international treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A key element of this human right is the need for housing to be affordable. You are encouraged to respond to a short questionnaire developed by the UN Special Rapporteur on housing. This will help to inform his report as part of the 78th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The key questions being asked include:

  • What obligations do States have under international human rights law to ensure that housing is accessible and affordable to all without discrimination?
  • What happens to you when you cannot afford anymore your home?
  • Who is at particular risk to experience housing cost overburden?
  • What are the consequences of housing unaffordability for the enjoyment of human rights?
  • What have States, local Governments, development cooperation agencies, housing providers, town planners, architects and civil society organizations done to ensure that housing is affordable to all without any discrimination?
  • What laws, policies, programmes and practices have been successful to reduce the unaffordability of housing?

The UN Special Rapporteur’s report will be shared with the General Assembly of the United Nations in October 2023.