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Declaration "Cities for Adequate Housing"

The local government constituency lived a historical turning on 15 July 2018, when a group of major global cities brought to the United Nations a firm pledge for the Right to Housing in the form of the Declaration “Cities for Adequate Housing”. This global call to action built on the initiative of member-local government from our Committee, UCLG and “The Shift” campaign, launched by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right Housing. At present, the Declaration has been signed by 40 local and regional governments.

Through this declaration, local and regional governments demand coordinated action to tackle speculation and the growing power of global corporations over real estate market. The declaration is articulated around a preamble and five axes:

(i) More powers for local authorities to better regulate the real estate market

(ii) More funds to improve public housing stock

(iii) More tools to co-produce alternative public-private and community-driven housing solutions

(iv) Urban planning that combines adequate housing and quality neighborhoods that are inclusive and sustainable

(v) Municipalist cooperation in residential strategies

By April 2019, the following local, metropolitan and regional governments were signatory members of the “Cities for Adequate Declaration”: Amsterdam, Asunción, Bangangté, Barcelona, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Barcelona Provincial Council, Beitunia, Berlin, Birmingham, Blantyre, Bologna, Buenos Aires, Cascais, Durban, Greater Manchester, Eyyübiye, Jakarta, Lisbon, London, Mannheim, Mexico City, Medellin, Montreal, Montevideo, New Taipei, New York, Paris, Plaine Commune, Rennes, Río Grande, San Antonio de Areco, Seoul, Strasbourg, Taipei, Terrassa, Tlajomulco, Vienna and Zaragoza.

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[ Background: From Habitat III to the 2018 HLPF ]

In 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, supported by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, launched #MakeTheShift at Habitat III. Since then, the Shift and UCLG have worked together on developing common voices around adequate housing at a global scale.

In this regard, between 2017 and 2018, UCLG has developed its Wave of Action on the Right to Housing. This initiative has been promoted in the framework of the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, organizing, promoting or taking part in various events on this subject between 2016 and 2018: The launching of The Shift campaign in Habitat III (October 2016); the meeting of stakeholders around The Shift campaign of New York (June 2017); The Barcelona “Cities and Regions for the Right to Housing” meeting (November 2017); the special session on the right to housing held during the Human Rights Council of March 2018; and the Strasbourg Policy Council on the Right to the City (May 2018).

In 2017, and after the initiative of the City of Barcelona, UCLG and our Committee initiated the process for a declaration aimed at rallying local governments worldwide to fight the financialization of cities. A special session held last 15 July 2018 gathered some of the first signatory cities to show their political commitment towards the document and provide fresh inputs for its follow-up. The Cities for Housing Declaration was officially launched during the first Forum of Local and Regional Governments ever held within the framework of a UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).