Universal Declaration on Human Rights, UN General Assembly, 1948, Article 25
Every person has the right to living standard adequate to the health and welfare of himself and his family, including nutrition, clothing, shelter, medical care, and necessary social services.
Declaration on the Right of the Child, UN, 1959, Paragraph 4
Children have the right to adequate nutrition, shelter, rest, and medical care.
European Social Charter, Council of Europe, 1961, Section 1, Paragraph 31
Every person has a right to shelter.
European Social Charter, Council of Europe, 1961, Section II, Article 31
The States undertake to ‘adopt measures with the aim to support accessibility of housing of adequate quality in order to prevent homelessness and to implement measures securing affordable cost of housing for those who do not have sufficient financial means’.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, UN, 1966
The States recognise the right of every person to adequate living standard for oneself and one’s family, including adequate nutrition, clothing, and housing as well as a continual improvement of living conditions.
Declaration on Social Progress and Development, UN, 1969, Article 10
Fundamental freedoms can be attained among other things by measures aimed at securing adequate housing and communal services for everyone, especially for persons with low income and large families.
Agenda 21, UN, 1992, Article 7.6
Accessibility of safe and healthy shelter is the basis of personal physical and mental health and economic welfare. The securing of such accessibility should be the basis of national and international activities.
Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, UN, 1976, Article 8, Section III
Adequate housing and accommodation services and a fundamental human right which binds governments to adopt measures allowing the exercising of this right by all people, ranging from the providing of direct assistance to the most needy groups to managed self-help programs to activities of municipalities and communities.
Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000, UN, 1998
The right to adequate housing is generally recognised by the international community. All nations without exception recognise some form of obligation in the housing sector, such as the establishing of ministries or other institutes for housing issues, allocation of funds to the housing sector, and creation of housing policies, programs, and projects. All citizens of al states, including the poorest ones, have the right to expect that their governments will pay attention to their accommodation needs and will adopt fundamental measures leading to protection and improvement of housing.