Connecting across Habitat Rights and the Right to the City
Following the first roundtable in December 2020, this collective dialogue between United Nations Special Rapporteurs, civil society organizations, and local and regional governments continues on Wednesday, 3 February, 2021, to further explore the connections across the spectrum of Habitat Rights and the Right to the City
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is not possible to separate the protection of health from access to food, education, housing, care for the environment, protection to women and others, making evident the universality and interdependence of rights. The current context has also opened up new spaces for collaboration between actors working on different levels and areas to respond together to joint challenges.
Given this interdependence, the Global Platform for the Right to the City, Habitat International Coalition and United Cities and Local Governments join together to facilitate spaces for structural dialogue between United Nations Special Rapporteurs, civil society organizations and local and regional governments. Building on previous collaborations that the three co-organizers and their membership have carried out with different mandate holders, the initiative aims to strengthen and support their work, by identifying possible areas and channels of cooperation and collaboration with civil society organizations and local governments in relation to Habitat Rights and the Right to the City.
The second roundtable of this collective dialogue will take place on Wednesday, February 3th 2021, between 15h and 17h CET (check your local time here) with the following mandate holders:
Mr. David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
Mr. Michael Fahkri, Special Rapporteur on Right to Food
Mr. Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on Extreme poverty and Human Rights
Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences