Local governments are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and housing has become a central defence against COVID-19. The webinar will discuss the importance of housing adequacy to ensure protection against COVID-19 and focus on challenges faced by local and regional governments to ensure access to safe housing, housing affordability and to prevent and stop evictions of tenants and homeowners. The discussion will reflect on the safety of children, women, older persons and persons with disabilities.
The webinar will map out potential strategies to counter such impacts at local level. To what extent have emergency measures countered the spread of the virus with possible unintended discriminatory outcomes? Has there been a reinforced spatial segregation in our cities and communities?
The discussion will inform the forthcoming report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal to the UN General Assembly in which he will make medium and long term recommendations to States, local and regional governments and other stakeholders to ensure the right to adequate and safe housing for all during and after the pandemic, to realise Sustainable Development Goal 11, to end homelessness and to address widespread lack of security of tenure, housing unaffordability and housing inadequacy.