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This report contains Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Adequate Housing, focusing on the key requirements of effective rights-based responses to emerging challenges to the right to housing.
This report contains guidance for States, indigenous authorities and other actors on how to ensure that their obligations under international human rights law regarding the right to housing are met in conformity with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The report provides States and other actors with concrete guidance on implementing effective-rights based housing strategies, reflecting that strategies are not “one size fits all” but all need to include 10 key principles.
The fundamental principles of a human rights-based approach to disability must be engaged to address the widespread human rights violations of persons with disabilities in their housing, and to realize their right to housing.
The right to life and the right to housing are indivisible and interdependent. The right to life cannot be separated from the right to a secure place to live, and the right to a secure place to live only has meaning in the context of a right to live in dignity and security, free of violence.
In response to the systems that treat housing as a commodity at the expense of people's right to housing, States must redefine their relationship with private investors, international financial institutions and financial markets to reclaim housing as a human right.
Homelessness is a global human rights crisis directly linked to increased inequality of wealth and property, and of the failure of States to adhere to their international human rights obligations, requiring urgent attention grounded in the right to housing.
The right to housing must guide the development and implementation of a New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in October 2016, engaging the transformative qualities of the right to housing in cities.
In the context of the a trend towards decentralization of responsibilities, local and subnational governments should be cognizant of and accountable to the human rights obligations that go along with their growing responsibilities.
Leilani visited Nigeria, from 13 to 24 September 2019, to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the country with regard to its implementation of the right to housing, particularly as it deals with the growth of informal settlements and the forced eviction of communities for development projects.
In 2018, from May 14 to May 23, Leilani visited the Republic of Korea to see what housing conditions were like in the world’s 10 th largest economy. While there, Leilani visited Sejong, Busan, and Seoul.