26 juin 2020
Events by UIA Secretariat

Cities engaging in the right to housing - No one left behind Web conference

Cities engaging in the right to housing - No one left behind Web conference
Today, more European cities and social movements are calling governments at all levels to take responsibility for reaffirming housing as a right and not as a commodity. They are also showing the way by trying out concrete actions to implement the right to housing. This web conference #2 will be dedicated to housing exclusion, homelessness and migrants, which are on the rise reaching increasingly large sector of population, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity. At least 700 000 people are homeless any given night in the EU, 70% more than a decade ago. In addition, the current COVID-19 emergency shows how essential housing is, considering to that many people cannot access secure, safe home, or are at risk of housing difficulties loosing jobs and working opportunities.

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The online event offers a sneak preview of 2020 Report on Housing Exclusion in Europe, co-written by FEANTSA and Fondation Abbé Pierre and features city cases that directly tackle housing exclusion and discrimination through public projects, providing a practical response on the ground. It will also look at at opportunities at EU level to invest in the provision of adequate housing.
Building on the experience of UIA and URBACT cities, the EU urban agenda partnerships, practitioners and experts, this web conference is the second of a series on the role of cities in working to implement this fundamental right. The online event is designed as an interactive exchange bringing experienced voices, exploring municipal-led initiatives and looking at innovative solutions to tackle the challenges of homelessness and immigration. The outcomes of this webinar will build directly on the European Urban Agenda Partnerships on affordable housing work, on urban poverty and on inclusion of Migrants and Refugees and will feed the set of actions and recommendations in terms of better knowledge among cities, also aiming at pushing the agenda on the right to housing EU wide.

Any questions? Get in touch a.cousin@uia-initiative.eu / a.fauvel@urbact.eu 
Moderation: Laura Colini, UIA & URBACT expert

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction
10:10 - 10:20 2020 Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe: 1st dialogue on key findings
Abbé Pierre Foundation – Feantsa annual report
10:20 - 10:35 From managing homelessness to eradicating homelessness – lessons from Ghent (BE)
10:35 - 10:55

Panel 1 - discussion on tackling homelessness:

  • Glasgow (UK), URBACT ROOF network

  • Lyon (FR) UIA Home Silk Road project

10:55 - 11:05 2020 Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe: 2d dialogue on key findings
Abbé Pierre Foundation – Feantsa annual report
11:05 - 11:20 Empowering refugees and migrants in limbo state to ignite housing affordability – lessons from Athens (EL)
11:20 - 11:40

Panel 2 – discussion on how to address housing exclusion of migrants

11:40 - 11:55 Q&A with the audience
11:55 - 12:00 Closing remarks

 

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