What the petition says:
As a citizen of the world, I write to ask that you ensure
that one of the most foundational elements of human well-being is not
overlooked in the Post-2015 agenda:
As the number of people living in poverty continues to grow,
so does the need for safe, decent, and affordable places to live. I applaud the
discussion of sustainable cities and human settlements, but urge you not to
stop at mere discussion.
With over 170,000 people added each day to cities in the
developing world and an expected 70 percent of the world’s population living in
urban areas by 2050, it is more important than ever that the new development
goals properly account for importance of adequate housing. I understand that a
diverse set of targets are needed to define a sustainable city, the final goals
simply must ensure access to adequate and affordable housing. Failure to do so
will keep the world on target to double the number of people living in slums by
2030 as expected. With decent living conditions a central component of any
sustainable city, it is critical that adequate housing be included in any
post-2015 development framework.
Please make it possible for our generation to see a world
where everyone has a decent place to live by making shelter a priority –
ideally with a housing-focused target – in the Post-2015 agenda.