“Housing at the Centre of the New Urban Agenda” – UN-Habitat has published a new position paper arguing that housing should be at the centre of attention to promote sustainable urbanization and the goal of adequate and affordable housing for all.
Against the background of a very optimistic estimation 880 million slum dwellers – that means one out of three citizens – housing has definitely not received sufficient attention in the last decades. New policies to overcome slum settlements are desperately needed.
“Housing at the Centre’ aims to shift the focus from simply building houses to a holistic framework for housing development, orchestrated with urban planning practice and placing people and human rights at the forefront of urban sustainable development. At the national level, the goal is to integrate housing into National Urban Policies and into UN-Habitat’s strategic thinking on planned urbanization. […]”
Source: Housing at the Centre