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Statement from Habitat III: High Level Roundtable Session on “Adequate and Affordable Housing”

On October 18, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Head of the Holy See’s Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) taking place in Quito, Ecuador, gave an intervention at the High Level Roundtable Session on “Adequate and Affordable Housing.”

In his statement, Archbishop Auza noted that in international law and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there is a right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate housing, that is ultimately part of the right to life with dignity. Nevertheless, he said, too many people and families are homeless, living in slums, or dangerous tenements. Governments, public and private sectors, state and social organizations all have their role to play, respecting the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, toward the full and progressive realization of the right to adequate and affordable housing. In confronting the problem, priority must be given to the most vulnerable, like the disabled, elderly, refugees, migrants and children.

The statement can be found here.