By 2030, the world could eliminate poverty housing – but only if we have smart policies in place. World leaders recently set global goals designed to end poverty in the next fifteen years and made decent housing a top priority. If the world is to meet that 2030 deadline, we must all do our part. One of the first opportunities to put these global goals into action and ensure smart housing policy worldwide is a global housing conference in October 2016. There, world leaders will determine how to meet the need for adequate housing for decades to come.
Tell leaders you support smart policy that will ensure a world where everyone has a decent place to live by 2030. Take action today:
Deadline 2030: I want to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live
Dear [Decision Maker],
As someone who strongly believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live, I ask you to do your part to end poverty housing. Currently, more than half of the global population lives in cities, and the trend of rapid urbanization is expected to continue. I want you to help meet the shelter needs of the growing urban population by supporting smart policies based on proven, effective principles that will ensure that everyone on this planet has a decent, affordable place to live. In October 2016, you will have a key opportunity to make decent housing a global priority for years to come. At the Habitat III conference, I ask you to: 1. Prioritize housing. Housing is key to ensuring a sustainable city and achieving the global goal to "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable." 2. Prioritize security of tenure. Approximately 75% of the land on which people live isn't formally registered as being owned. This matters because hundreds of millions of people who can't prove they have the right to live where they live face the constant threat of sudden eviction. Many of them also lack access to other basic financial and social services. 3. Include the voices of local communities. World leaders have promised to "by 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe, and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums." To meet this goal, I ask you to listen to the voices of citizens and communities, especially of women, the poor, and vulnerable groups, in order to understand their priorities, meet their needs and account for their experiences. 4. Set a clear strategy so the world will see real, measurable results. The October 2016 conference should create more than just words on paper; it must spur global and local action and hold governments accountable for fulfilling their commitments to sustainable urban development. I ask you to make sure we see action as a result and meet the goal of ending poverty by 2030.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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