In the run-up to an International Expert Group Meeting on Forced Evictions held in Nairobi from 20 – 23 September 2011, UN-HABITAT organized an internal Urban Dialogue to raise awareness and open a dynamic and forward-looking exchange of ideas on the extent to which UN-HABITAT has adopted a rights-based approach to development, specifically within the context of the human right to adequate housing and to water/sanitation. Apart from, and in addition to, normative output - how can a rights-based approach** be instrumentalized in ways that increase the effectiveness of UN-HABITAT's modus operandi, thus ensuring that UN-HABITAT has a greater impact, cements its unique role, and further aligns with One UN and fundamental human rights principles?
Independent human rights expert Urban Jonsson, the former Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Miloon Kothari, and a representative from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights offered their perspectives and engaged in active dialogue with UN-HABITAT staff.
Click here to view the video-recording, the interviews and the flyer of the event.
The Urban Dialogues Programme (UDP) draws leaders from the public sector, academia, businesses, civil society and other organizations, with interests related to sustainable urban development, to present on a range of topics and engage in active dialogue with UN-HABITAT staff. The aim is to provide an informal means for continuous, multidisciplinary learning in an inspiring and interactive manner