Land is the Foundation of Life. Too many people worldwide lack the most basic physical, economic and psychological security of adequate shelter.
Urbanization is one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends.
This isn’t hearsay. 193 governments in the United Nations state this at the beginning of the New Urban Agenda, set to be adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador this October. The Agenda provides a 20-year roadmap, putting us on a path to address urbanization and make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable for everyone.
The good news is that thanks to the hard work of supporters like you Solid Ground’s recommendations on housing, land and community-led development are included. The task now is to ensure world leaders keep their word.
Whether you’re joining the 30,000 supporters gathering in Quito or following along online, the first step to accountability is raising awareness, and you can do your part.
Sign and share our petition to join Solid Ground below, to urge leaders to keep their promise to prioritise land for shelter.
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.