22 Apr 2021
Events by UIA Permanent Secretariat

Cities engaging in the right to housing: a call for a long-term political commitment

Cities engaging in the right to housing drawing
UIA & URBACT are organising a final event featuring the main results of the culminating activity of Cities Engaging in the Right to Housing - a 1.5 year of cooperation between the 2 EU-funded programmes, paving the way to future knowledge sharing within the European Urban Initiative.

Video recording is available here

A year following the outbreak of the global pandemic, the housing crisis has intensified in Europe, as highlighted in Housing Europe’s State of Housing 2021 report. The right to housing has now become more important than ever before.

On 22 April 10.00 CET, join us for valuable discussions and inspirational talks as the adoption of report on Access to Decent and Affordable Housing for All by the European Parliament progresses and the Portuguese Presidency takes forward the European Pillar of Social Rights.

This event will be releasing a knowledge platform on the right to housing, gathering the main take-aways of UIA and URBACT's learning activity, and bringing the voices of EU cities to the EU debate. It will additionally underline the EU vision on this right with the aim of inspiring urban stakeholders and policy makers.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to talk with David Madden, Associate Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme at LSE (London School of Economics), the cities of Ghent and Lisbon and the European Commission on the EU vision for housing. 

10h00 - 10h05

Welcome and Introduction

10h05 - 10h20

The journey of Cities engaging in the right to housing 

  • Laura Colini, UIA-URBACT expert

10h20 - 10h50

For a Post-Pandemic Right to Housing

  • David Madden, LSE, associate professor in Sociology

10h50 - 11h10 

The right to housing in cities 

  • Paula Marques, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Local Development, City of Lisbon
  • Derkien De Baets, City of Ghent, UIA ICCARus project 

11h10 - 11h30

Housing, a human and social right: the EU commitment

  • Ciarán Cuffe, Member of European Parliament, The Greens
  • Nuno Serra, Geographer and Researcher, Advisor for the Portuguese Ministry for Infrastructure and Housing

11h30 - 11h45

Concluding remarks with the European Commission

  • Merja Haapakka, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission