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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha said homelessness and inadequate housing are “an assault on dignity and life” adding that no country could achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without access to adequate, secure, and affordable housing. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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11 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, United Nations:
“I have seen people living in countries north and south in complete darkness, without electricity and without water. I have seen children playing on garbage heaps in informal settlements like they are trampolines. And I have seen persons with disabilities languishing, prisoners in their own homes. There are few cities where I visit where I don’t see having to live on the streets, forced to eat, sleep, cook, and defecate on sidewalks. They cling to dignity and life, but it is a thin thread.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, United Nations:
“Homelessness, and inadequate housing are an assault on dignity and life and as such go to the heart of what triggers human rights concern. Human rights violations of this nature demand human rights responses. A rights-based approach clarifies who is accountable to whom: all levels of government are accountable to people, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, who are recognized as rights holders, not the beneficiaries of charity.”
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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha said homelessness and inadequate housing are “an assault on dignity and life” adding that no country could achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without access to adequate, secure, and affordable housing.

Speaking at the High-Level Political Forum on the implementation of the SDGs, Farha said housing is the most significant issue facing cities today and will continue to be so. Nearly half of humanity, 3.5 billion people, live in cities. Farha said in her travels she saw people all over the world living in darkness, without electricity or water. She added, “I have seen children playing on garbage heaps in informal settlements like they are trampolines. And I have seen persons with disabilities languishing, prisoners in their own homes. There are few cities where I visit where I don’t see having to live on the streets, forced to eat, sleep, cook, and defecate on sidewalks. They cling to dignity and life, but it is a thin thread.”

The Special Rapporteur said if countries are to meet their housing-related commitments in the SDGs, they must recognize housing as a human right, not a matter of policy or something to be left to the whims of the unregulated private development sector.

SOUNDBITE (English) Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, United Nations:
“Homelessness, and inadequate housing are an assault on dignity and life and as such go to the heart of what triggers human rights concern. Human rights violations of this nature demand human rights responses. A rights-based approach clarifies who is accountable to whom: all levels of government are accountable to people, particularly marginalized and vulnerable groups, who are recognized as rights holders, not the beneficiaries of charity.”

Farha said housing strategies must prioritize those most in need and must make an absolute priority of eliminating homelessness. She added that they must put in place independent institutional mechanisms to monitor progress and hold governments accountable to goals and timelines. Farha said strategies must also clarify the obligations of private actors and regulate financial, housing and real estate markets.
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