housing

Tenants ‘forced out their homes’ by global investment firms, say UN experts

UN human rights experts have condemned the ‘egregious’ business practices of global private equity and investment firms which, they say, have transformed the global housing landscape by raising rents and forcing some tenants out of their homes.

News in Brief 4 March 2019

  • Air pollution: Seven million die each year from ‘silent’ killer
  • Growing global commitment to tackle climate issues: UN environment chief
  • UN housing rights expert urges States to own up to homelessness scourge
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Sustainable housing call’s right up my street, says ‘Grand Designs’ star

On-screen celebrity and designer Kevin McCloud, visited the UN in Geneva on Thursday, to spotlight a flagship UN event to promote sustainable housing for all. Mr. McCloud spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson about some of the unusual things that have inspired his design-sense.  Daniel Johnson began by asking him if it was true his father had his own unusual professional background, as a rocket tester.

 

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News in Brief 23 May 2018

  • Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’
  • UN raises alarm at ‘substandard’ housing in South Korea
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
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South Korea leads developed nations in household debt, UN expert warns

Despite being the world’s 11th largest economy, a significant number of South Koreans are living in “substandard” housing, faced with rising rents they can no longer afford, a United Nations rights expert said on Wednesday, noting that the country now leads developed nations in levels of household debt.

News in Brief 05 July 2017 - AM

North Korea missile test “another brazen violation”: UN chief

The launch on Tuesday of what North Korea said was an intercontinental ballistic missile, has been described by the UN chief as “another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions”.

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Financial speculation led to unsustainable global housing crisis, UN expert says

The world's money markets have priced people out of cities, a United Nations independent expert has said, blaming financial markets and speculators for treating housing as a “place to park capital.”

“Affordable, absolutely green” housing showcased at UN conference

Housing that is “fast, affordable and absolutely green” will free up cities of the future to build without using any concrete.

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Governments must commit to eliminating homelessness by 2030, UN rights expert urges

Homelessness is found in every country in the world and is spreading with impunity, a United Nations human rights expert today warned, calling on governments to recognize homelessness as a human rights crisis and commit to its eradication by 2030, in line with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Local action vital, to ensure global warming goal is met

Local climate action is vital to ensure that the goal of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius is met.

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