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Human Rights of homeless people in international and local government agendas

On the occasion of the Habitat III process and a thematic meeting on public space held in Barcelona (April 2016), the Committee promoted and co-organized a side event on “Homeless people’s rights: what place in the New Habitat Agenda?”.

Our Committee counted with the support of various partner organizations: the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the Global Platform for the Right to the City, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments.

The event was key to stress the need to include homeless people rights in the New Urban Agenda, as well as to strengthen the concrete implications posed by the Right to Housing and the human rights framework in international and local governments agendas on sustainable urban development. A final declaration was adopted by the end of the event, entitled “Recommendations on Homeless People’s Rights. Homelessness in the New Habitat Agenda”.

The side event gathered testimonies of people that had been homeless at some point of their lives; representatives of organizations working with homeless people; local governments’ representatives (Laia Ortiz, Barcelona Deputy Mayor for Social Rights; Patrick Braouezec, President of Plaine Commune, and Jorge Enrique Rojas, former Bogota Secretary for Social Inclusion), and researchers and transnational organizations’ representatives: Giovanni Allegretti (University of Coimbra Centre for Social Studies), Lorena Zarate (President of the Habitat International Coalition –HIC), Bahram Ghazi (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) and María José Aldanas (FEANTSA).

The whole set of recommendations are in the Declaration, as well as a report of the debate. You can access to the event’s photo album by clicking on this link.