In June 2017 FEANTSA participated in a strategic meeting in Ottawa organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha. The goal of the gathering was to discuss the next steps of “The Shift”, a global campaign for the right to housing launched at the Habitat III Summit in Quito in October 2016.
The Shift is a new worldwide movement to reclaim and realize the fundamental human right to housing – to move away from housing as a place to park excess capital, to housing as a place to live in dignity, to raise families and participate in community.
The Shift has been initiated by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. It brings together civil society, all levels of government, multilateral institutions, national human rights institutions, academia, philanthropists, artists, the private sector, and grassroots movements, and represents the interests of the individuals, families, communities, slum dwellers, and neighbourhood associations who understand and live the deep connections between housing, home and well-being.