Housing is not a luxury, but a basic human right. So why is it that there are still so many people who cannot afford a decent home? And is there a chance the COVID-19 pandemic might prompt our societies to take a fresh look at solving the problem?
In 2015, UNECE endorsed the Geneva UN Charter on sustainable housing, a non-binding document that aimed to help its member states to tackle the problem of affordable housing, and after decades of growing inequality there are signs that attitudes might finally be changing.
In this episode, Urban Matters host Tom Miles talks to Elena Szolgayova and David Orr, co-chairs of #Housing2030, an initiative that has designed a policy toolkit for governments to act on affordable housing. David and Elena explain why they are optimistic about a sea-change in policies affecting affordable housing.
For more information:
The UNECE official website: https://unece.org/
The Geneva Charter on Sustainable Housing is here: https://unece.org/housing/charter#:~:text=The%20Geneva%20UN%20Charter%20on,Europe%20on%2016%20April%202015.
Information on the #Housing2030 Initiative and biographies of David Orr and Elena Szolgayova is available here: https://www.housing2030.org/chairs