WORLD HABITAT DAY TO ADDRESS AFFORDABLE HOMES THROUGH HOUSING POLICIES
On Monday 2 October 2017, the World Urban Campaign partners will be proud to celebrate the World Habitat Day on the theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’, supporting the mandate of UN-Habitat.
In The City We Need, the WUC manifesto towards Habitat III, stakeholders have acknowledged the key challenges with regard to housing for the city of the 21st century. Firstly, the poorly regulated real estate markets in many urban contexts that create speculative bubbles and financial crises and further exacerbate lack of security of tenure and access to affordable housing. Secondly, the persistence of inadequate housing and land management policies in many countries around the world that exclude large segments of the population from accessing affordable housing leading to the formation and continued growth of slums, informal settlements and exacerbating homelessness.
As claimed by the WUC partners, The City We Need promotes the “right to the city for all”. This entails the right to a dignified and secure existence with access to decent housing, public goods and services and a voice in decision- making. Also, in the City We Need resources are distributed equitably and opportunities are available to all. Land, infrastructure, housing, transport and basic services are planned and operated with special attention to improving access by women and low-income and disadvantaged groups. Public services are designed with the participation of communities and consciously include the needs, safety and dignity of women, elderly, children and youth, persons with disabilities and marginalized groups.
Drivers of Change
The following drivers of change related to housing have been highlighted in The City We Need. Those are also directly connected to land and services:
More information is available on the UN-Habitat website.
Article BY: Christine Auclair
Project Leader, World Urban Campaign