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Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment launched

In July 2019, the Institute of Human Rights and Business (IHRB) published a report entitled 'Dignity by Design' which calls for action in the built environment lifecylce, shaping society's response to global challenges like inequality, mass-migration, and climate change.  Building on the report, the Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment were compiled in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the Australian Human Rights Institute at the University Wales, and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.

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1 November 2019

IHRB discusses the need for rights-based approaches in the construction sector

Author: Haley St. Dennis, Institute for Human Rights and Business

"Natalie Galea and Louise Chappell on Human Rights in the Built Environment", 31 October 2019

[Professor] Louise Chappell…Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney,…Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Australian Research Council Future Fellow,…[and] Natalie Galea…a leading interdisciplinary researcher in…gender equality in male dominated sectors and gender violence in sport…speak with [the IHRB].  [They]…discuss the construction sector in particular, focusing on the steps the industry in Australia is taking to better incorporate rights-based approaches at the earliest stage of a project, as well as the importance of taking a broader lifecycle approach to the built environment.

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25 October 2019

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

“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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25 October 2019

Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

"Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment Open for Consultation", 18 July 2019

[The Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment] provide a vision for dignity and respect for human rights throughout the built environment lifecycle and recommendations for action: …land acquisition, planning and financing, through design, construction, management and use, to demolition and re-development.

The [Principles] are not new… they are based on international human rights standards…[providing] a practical framework across each stage of the lifecycle. The Principles are applicable at the level of individual projects and in wider urban development… disconnected approaches will fail to address root problems or lead to long-term solutions. The [Principles] are a collaboration between…IHRB, Raoul Wallenberg Institute…Australian Human Rights Institute at the University Wales, and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. These organisations are consulting…with stakeholders on the content of the…Principles, to finalise them and…inspire action...

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