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Land is the foundation for life. Access to land lies at the heart of ending poverty – without land, there can be no housing and housing is the key to stability and opportunity.

The world’s urban population has reached an all-time high. By 2050, an expected 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.

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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.

Cities are finding it increasingly challenging to fulfill their core functions of providing infrastructure, basic services, safety and security, adequate and affordable housing and secure tenure. This makes cities more fragile and reduces their resilience to be able to cope with external risks such as climate change and disasters.

The need for adequate, affordable and secure housing is now greater than ever,

We engaged in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda to ensure that housing needs are met as cities expand and slum populations rise. The New Urban Agenda focuses on housing, secure tenure and community-led development. Our work has just begun, and we need your help. Implementing the New Urban Agenda will require hard work, political will and mutual accountability.

By using your voice to improve access to safe and secure land, you can help create the foundation for better housing. Sign our petition and join us in calling on political leaders at all levels to honour their commitment to the New Urban Agenda.

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Raise your voice today, and join Habitat’s Build Solid Ground campaign.

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Help Build Solid Ground

  1. Sign our petition and keep updated with the campaign
  2. Follow Habitat NI on Facebook & Twitter and share our #BuildSG posts
  3. Read our blogs about key global issues
  4. Share what you learn with friends, family, and colleagues
  5. Invite us to your school, university, community club, or work place to provide interactive workshops and presentations on issues related to SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda e.g. land rights, gender equality, urbanisation and slum upgrading
  6. Sign up to build homes through our Global Village volunteering programme

Senseless Eviction

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.

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Unequal Rights

Women are half the global population, yet are routinely denied their right to land. Improving rights of women can raise standards of living for entire communities.

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Slum Upgrading

1 out of every 7 people on the planet lives in a slum. Slum upgrading means improving living conditions of informal settlements, in a responsible manner.

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Disaster Resilience

When disaster strikes, people lose their homes. When disaster strikes without proper land laws in place, people lose their homes and their ability to recover.

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Build Solid GroundThrough ‘Build Solid Ground’, funded by the European Union, we are working with 13 partners across Europe on engaging European Citizens in solving these critical issues beyond their borders, and in recognising the interdependencies between Europe and the Global South (low-income countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America).

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