Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living

The present report focuses on the realization of the right to adequate housing in post-disaster settings. The report assesses human rights standards and guidelines relevant to an approach to disaster response based on the right to adequate housing and discusses some existing limitations. It elaborates upon key challenges relating to the protection and realization of the right in disaster response: inattention to or discrimination against vulnerable and disadvantaged groups; the overemphasis on individual property ownership and the associated difficulty to recognize and address the multiplicity of tenure forms equally in restitution and recovery programmes;the risks of approaching post-disaster reconstruction predominantly as a business or development opportunity that benefits only a few; and limitations in existing frameworks for reconstruction and recovery. The report concludes by outlining the fundamentals of an approach to disaster response that deliberately and comprehensively integrates the right to adequate housing.