They’re 1.6 billion people worldwide living in inadequate conditions, many due to a lack of affordability in the market. While many States are making progress in establishing new and innovative urban policies, there’s still a need for a paradigm shift in thinking and practice in housing policy, especially as it relates to housing finance.  The Global Housing Strategy aims to manage this paradigm shift as a collaborative global movement towards adequate housing for all and improving access to housing in general. The strategy’s primary objective is to assist member States in working towards the realization of the right to adequate and affordable housing.

“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

Over
50
Housing Profiles and Policies have been published since the inception of the program
Advisory services have been provided to over
100
National and Local Governments since 2016
Over
30
workshop, training, and expert group meetings

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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To achieve the goal of adequate housing for all, the backbone of the Strategy will rely on the principle of inclusive cities as the foundation for sustainable urban development. Inclusive cities are achieved by mainstreaming human rights in urban development, including housing and slum upgrading, to ensure social integration and aiming for the elimination of the urban divide.

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Men and women, boys and girls experience cities in very different ways, and face various challenges and needs that cities have to address. UN-Habitat promotes the stronger commitment of national and local governments as well as other relevant stakeholders to work towards the realization of a world in which men and women are recognized as equal partners in development and enjoy equal human rights so that economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and other human settlements can be achieved more rapidly, completely and sustainably.

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The provision of adequate housing has trickle-down effects, including safe environments for children, and bringing dignity to the elderly.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

The success of the Global Housing Strategy is due in part to successful partnerships, particularly with local authorities and implementing partners. Through the Global Housing Strategy, UN-Habitat mobilises diverse partners who contribute to realization of the right to adequate housing. The present Rental Housing Scheme Pilot Project in Somalia serves as a great example of partnership between UN-Habitat, the European Union and the Banaadir Regional Authority. The project endeavours to provide 300 IPD households with durable housing solutions.

Our Experts

Christophe Lalande
Housing Unit, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, UN – Habitat
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