Land is the Foundation of Life. Too many people worldwide lack the most basic physical, economic and psychological security of adequate shelter.
Housing, both in the informal and formal sectors, fosters strength, stability and self-reliance and is often at the centre of key development challenges. However, the world’s ability to meet the demand for housing in the developing world is outpaced by the rate people who are moving to cities. Subsequently slums continue to grow.
We engaged extensively in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda to ensure that housing needs are met as cities expand and slum populations rise. We applaud the New Urban Agenda for its emphasis on housing, focus on secure tenure and attention to community-led development. Yet, in many ways, our work has just begun, and we need your help. Implementing the New Urban Agenda will require hard work, political will and mutual accountability.
Secure tenure is invisible, yet you know when you don’t have it. Living without the right to the land you occupy means that, tomorrow, you could wake up homeless. With secure tenure people live without fear and invest more in their futures.
Women are half the global population, yet are routinely and systematically denied their right to land. Improving property rights of women has a catalytic effect, elevating standards of living for entire communities.
1 out of every 7 people on the planet lives in a slum. By 2030, the global slum population is expected to double to 2 billion. Slum upgrading means improving living conditions of informal settlements, in a responsible manner.
When disaster strikes a community, people lose their homes. When disaster strikes a community without proper land laws in place, people lose their homes and their ability to recover.