In her second report to the UN General Assembly, Leilani called on States to include a human rights framework in the development of the New Urban Agenda, to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (also known as Habitat III), October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
“Cities are on an untenable path, one that is encouraging vast inequalities which ultimately segregate those who have means from those who do not. Urbanization can too often focus on wealth accumulation at the expense of the most vulnerable populations, Leilani stated in her report.
She has issued a challenge to States: ensure the centrality of the right to housing in a new urban rights agenda, and commit to eliminating homelessness as an immediate priority.
Leilani presents her report to the General Assembly on October 22, 2015.