EGM on “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness”

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In its resolution E/CN.5/2019/L.5, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations decided that the priority theme for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission for Social Development, which shall allow the Commission to contribute to the work of the Council, will be “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness”. The expert group meeting is convened in the context of this resolution and in preparation for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission to be held in February 2020, which will produce a negotiated policy outcome (a resolution) on the priority theme.

The outcomes of the meeting will contribute to the work of the Commission by providing concrete, evidence-based recommendations on policies for addressing homelessness, with a particular focus on the roles of affordable housing and social protection for all. The meeting is expected to provide guidance and key input for the preparation of the report of the Secretary-General on the priority theme.

The expert group meeting aims to review major drivers of homelessness, identify existing gaps and priority areas for interventions, and make specific policy recommendations on effective housing and social protection policies to address homelessness in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will build on the outcomes of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission for Social Development that have discussed on how to address inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies. The meeting will focus on affordable housing policies and strategies that have proven to be successful in providing social protection for all at the national levels. The meeting also aims to deepen the understanding of the complex causes of homelessness, the challenges faced by homeless people and the effects of homelessness on individuals and societies. The meeting will also review systemic barriers that perpetuate existing inequalities and exclusion, especially for vulnerable groups and individuals who live in the margins of society, within the context of the 2030 Agenda.

EGM on "Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness"

All of the above will facilitate the deliberations of the Commission for Social Development at its fifty-eighth session and the 2019 High-level Political Forum under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. Experts will have the opportunity to engage in open and inclusive discussions through various sessions.

Report of the Expert Group Meeting by UNDESA

Report of the Expert Group Meeting by UN-Habitat

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