UN-Habitat launches publication on "The right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities living in cities"

Americas, December 16 2015

Earlier this month, on 3 December, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with this year’s theme “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.

On this occasion, the UN Housing Rights Programme launched its publication on  “The right to adequate housing for persons with disabilities living in cities”.

Building on the state of international human rights law and state obligations, the publication outlines the barriers and impediments persons with disabilities face for accessing and realizing their right to  adequate housing.

The report takes a human rights-based approach to development of human settlements that offer equal opportunities to persons with disabilities.

The study points to many actions States Parties can pursue, and makes some recommendations specifically for UN-Habitat.

By taking a human rights based approach to urbanization, the publication aims to sensitize various stakeholders to the discrimination and marginalization persons with disabilities encounter, and provides a number of recommendations for improving urban processes.

The publication is available at: http://unhabitat.org/books/the-right-to-adequate-housing-for-persons-with-disabilities-living-in-cities/

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