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Calls for advancement of dignity and human rights in the built environment lifecycle in new report

Author: Annabel Short, Institute for Human Rights and Business, Published on: 25 October 2019

“Dignity by Design – Human Rights and the Built Environment Lifecycle”, 1 July 2019

The built environment…has a defining influence over our ability to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Decisions about what and how we build will define our ability to respond to global challenges like inequality, mass-migration, and climate change.

The [Dignity by Design Report] is a call to action…throughout the built environment lifecycle…[including] land acquisition, planning and financing, through design, construction, management and use, to demolition and re-development…disconnected approaches will fail to address root problems and long term solutions. The report provides a platform for a collaborative rights-based approach…just, sustainable built environment, with locally-defined needs at the forefront…issues…include forced evictions…the growing affordability crises facing many cities…the treatment of migrant [construction] workers…and the way in which architects’ decisions can…advance or undermine inclusion.

The report...references a set of "Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment" for further consultation...implementation, and recommendations to governmental and private actors...

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