A fundamental human right since 1948
Adequate housing was recognized as a human right in 1948, upon the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a universal right, accepted and applicable throughout the world as a fundamental human right.
Several international treaties affirm that governments have the obligation to promote and protect this right. Today, there are more than 12 UN instruments that recognize the right to housing. Despite that, the implementation of the right to adequate housing is still a major challenge.