04/10/2011
Check the speakers that have confirmed presence at the side event on post-disaster reconstruction

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On October 21, following the presentation of her report on reconstruction after natural disasters and the right to adequate housing to the UN General Assembly, in New York, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik will present a side event on the matter, at the same place.

The Rapporteur will speak at the opening of the event. Next, representatives of the permanent missions of Germany and Finland will open the debate. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, the representative of Finland, will also coordinate discussions.

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03/10/2011
Who bears the brunt of climate change? The poor, as usual

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For World Habitat Day, Monday 3 October 2011

Who bears the brunt of climate change? The poor, as usual – UN experts on housing and internal displacement

GENEVA (3 October 2011) – “Not much to celebrate on World Habitat Day, when close to a third of the global population continues to live in slums and unplanned settlements, often located in areas exposed to serious environmental risks and hazards,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on Housing, Raquel Rolnik, and on Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani.

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16/09/2011
Communications reports are available for consultation

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Read below the summaries of the communications sent by the Rapporteur to various countries from December 2010 to last May. To read the complete version of each communication, click on the summary title.

To read the complete report, including communications from all the other rapporteurs, click here. The communication was presented this month at the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva.

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16/09/2011
Special Rapporteur promotes debate during the UN General Assembly

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In October, the Special Rapporteur will coordinate a side event during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. “More than Housing Reconstruction: The Right to Adequate Housing in Disaster Relief and Recovery” aims to bring together governments, humanitarian and human rights specialists experienced in addressing disasters to discuss the integration of the right to adequate housing in disaster response.

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18/08/2011
Women and housing rights: what issues are under discussion in the web platform?

The Special Rapporteur has recently launched  a web platform to discuss, among other themes, women’s housing and land rights. With the help of a global coordinator and focal points hired to coordinate the outreach in the seven different regions (North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa), the e-consultation aims to identify and make visible the different issues which women are currently facing throughout the world in relation to housing and land, to give us a fresh picture on the current state of these rights globally.

The e-consultation has been dynamic and has helped to identify some of the most pressing issues for women’s housing and land rights today. From women’s housing rights within the context of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, to lack of access to justice and lack of rights awareness, the consultations have surfaced a range of critical issues. 

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16/08/2011
Rapporteur’s newsletter celebrates first anniversary

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Through the newsletter and other communications tools developed in her term, Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik has been sharing her work agenda and seeking dialogue with organisations, communities and governments of countries visited as well as with people and organisations that may be interested in the topics being worked.

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16/08/2011
Communications Report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September

In September, the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva. At the event, the communications sent by Rapporteurs to country governments from December 2010 to May 2011 will be presented, as will the answers of the respective governments from February to July this year.

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21/07/2011
News on the Algeria Mission

Check the news on the Algeria Mission in the algerian press.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing visited the country from 9-19 July.

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19/07/2011
Over a hundred people have registered in the Rapporteur’s platform of debates

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The discussions on "Women and Housing Rights" are already taking place in the virtual platform launched last month by the Special Rapporteur. To participate, you should enter the website www.righttohousingdebates.org, sign up and, then, connect. More than 100 people worldwide have already registered.

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22/06/2011
Press release - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Haiti

OHCHR is deeply concerned by the situation of respect for the right to adequate housing in Haiti, most especially for people living in post-earthquake camps and in urban informal settlements - sometimes referred to as slums. With implications for affordability and access to sanitation and clean water, the right to adequate housing is inextricably linked to other human rights - to health, water, employment, education and physical integrity. OHCHR believes the successful reconstruction and long-term security and stability of Haiti depend in part upon realization of the right to adequate housing.

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21/06/2011
End Forced Evctions in Haiti

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 20 Jun 2011

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, has made an urgent plea to put an immediate stop to all forced evictions of earthquake survivors in the Caribbean Nation.
During a visit to Haiti 8-11 June during which she toured camps now home to survivors of the earthquake, Ms. Rolnick, condemned what she called every eviction of persons without the provision of an adequate housing alternative as "a grave human rights violation".

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20/06/2011
See the pictures and read the press releases and news from the visit to Haiti

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From June 8th to 11th, the Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik visited Haiti, where she participated in a workshop on the reconstruction of the country and visited some informal settelments and camps of displaced people.

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20/06/2011
Special Rapporteur participates in a meeting in Geneva and conducts new mission during June and July

From June 27th to1st July, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik will participate in Geneva in the Special Rapporteurs' Annual Meeting.

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17/05/2011
Rapporteur's Website Reaches Readers in Over 130 Countries

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Since its debuting, in mid last year, the site of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing has been visited by more and more people.

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17/05/2011
Mission to Argentina: watch the videos and see the photos

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Watch below three videos (in Spanish) from the mission to Argentina, which was held from April 13th to 21st.

You can also see the photos: click here.

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