By 2030, UN-Habitat estimates that 3 billion people, about 40 per cent of the world’s population, will need access to adequate housing. This translates into a demand for 96,000 new affordable and accessible housing units every day. Additionally, an estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless and one in four people live in harmful conditions that to their health, safety and prosperity.
Access to housing is a precondition for access to employment, education, health, and social services. In order to address the current housing challenges, all levels of government should put housing at the centre of urban policies by placing people and human rights at the forefront of urban sustainable development.
Having realised how successful UN-Habitat has been in supporting other African countries such as Malawi, Ghana, Zambia and Liberia in developing Housing Profiles, we approached [them] to develop the Lesotho Housing Profile. We further approached UNDP… and I am delighted that today we form a tripartite which radiates how significant housing is to all of us. I wish to impress to all key stakeholders involved to continue our concerted efforts to make the review of the National Housing Policy and the development of a strategy an equal success.”
Hon. Dr. Pontso Matumelo Sekatle, Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship, Government of Lesotho