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INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
October 18, 2018 - New York City

Photo by: Manal ElShahat (Flickr/Tadamun)

For photos of this event, visit our Flickr pageOn October 18th, 2018 Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, alongside co-sponsors Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Misereor and the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN, will host an event to introduce her latest thematic report on informal settlements/encampments and the right to housing.

This event will highlight the necessity of a human rights approach to informal settlements upgrading in order for States to meet their obligations under Target 11 of the SDGs. This approach will be discussed in the context of real life examples from around the world. Visual imagery, collected through the Rapporteur’s travels, as well as those provided by participating partners, will be on display to reveal the dual nature of informal settlements: on the one hand, systemic violations of human rights, which, through state policies and (in)actions, deprive millions of people of their fundamental rights; on the other hand, incredible human accomplishments that exemplify the resilience of individuals, families, and communities claiming spaces in which to live and to fulfill their right to housing. The event will underscore the convergence of these experiences in the Global North and South.

This will be an intimate, early evening event, where guests will be served wine and snacks while they have time to look at the images on display. This will be followed by a short introduction from Andreas Günther, the Executive Director of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, and an interactive discussion between our esteemed panelists, moderated by the Special Rapporteur, Leilani Farha.

Panelists will include:
Lorena Zarate (HIC), Argentina
Jane Weru (Akiba Manshinani Trust), Kenya
Maria Fides F. Bagasao (Regional Organizer for Southeast Asia, Huairou Commission), Philippines
Pete White  (LA CAN), North America

Informal Settlements and Human Rights
October 18, 2018
5:00-7:00 pm
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114
New York, NY 10016

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