Homelessness is the extreme manifestation of the failure to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to housing and to an adequate standard of living. It affects people's ability to access fundamental rights such as education, employment, healthcare, and participation in public life. The social isolation and stigmatisation that characterise homelessness make it harder to break out of the cycle of poverty and exclusion.
As the agency within the United Nations system mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable cities for all, UN-Habitat has made it clear that tackling homelessness is a precondition for the full realisation of human rights, as well as our ability to meet Agenda 2030.
Objectives of the event
- Create a global movement of national and local governments to support a renewed social
contract underpinned by housing for all as key for the concrete realization of human rights, social inclusion and protection;
- Strengthen awareness of the centrality of housing and ending homelessness to deliver on the New Urban Agenda and the Agenda2030;
- Present the latest developments on ending and preventing homelessness and ensuring access to housing for all, discuss existing challenges and initiatives;
- Present the scope and roadmap, as well as launch the works on the SG Report on inclusive social development policies and programmes to address homelessness in the aftermath of COVID-19, to be presented at the 77th Session of the General Assembly and for which UN-Habitat will be pen-holder;
- Highlight the complementary roles of member states, local governments, civil society, academia, and private sector in ending homelessness and ensuring housing for all.