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This site is a project of the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. Its purpose is to publish reference material, news and information that can assist people, public bodies and institutions to implement and guarantee the right to adequate housing around the world.

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Team members

Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on Right to Adequate Housing (mandate: 2009-2011)

Office in Geneva, Switzerland (OHCHR):
Assistants to the Rapporteur’s mandate:
Bahram Ghazi (until May/09)
Denise Hauser
Beatrice Quadranti

Research Center in São Paulo, Brazil:
Bruno Lupion – Media advisor
Joyce Reis - Urban planner
Paula Ligia Martins - Legal advisor
Paula Zwicker - Administrative support

Website developed by:
Elisa von Randow – Designer
Joana Lira – Illustrator
Oliver & Barnes – Programmer


Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo


Consulate-Generalof the Federal Republic of Germany in São Paulo