Ending Housing Discrimination In Slums: Job Of UN-HABITAT Or Individual Countries?

By BBC at 2:43 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Housing discrimination in poverty-stricken areas is a pervasive threat to the homeless, unemployed minorities, and people commonly subject to prejudice. When asked if ending housing discrimination should be the job of UN-HABITAT or the responsibility of individual countries, most of the committee agreed that it should be up to the governments of individual countries to introduce legislation designed to prevent housing bias.

The delegate of the United States made it clear that “it is entirely the responsibility of the countries who suffer most with housing to combat social discrimination” as foreign powers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have less cultural influence than specific federal governments. The delegate of China said that “there are measures being taken right now to combat discrimination” including government organizations providing people in poverty with financial relief.

However, the UN-HABITAT wields great influence and could create a campaign against discrimination in slums that exposes the severity of the issue and educates ordinary people on how to recognize housing discrimination and what they can do to take a stand against it. When asked about if an educational campaign against housing discrimination is something that UN-HABITAT could do, China stated “Definitely! The UN-HABITAT might face stigma, but an educational campaign would be a great way to combat those stigmas and change the way people think about discrimination. But that should not be the main focus of this committee. UN- HABITAT should be focused on helping as many people in need as possible.”

In today’s increasingly progressive world, fighting intolerance and bigotry is of the utmost importance, and the UN-HABITAT could be an excellent vessel to educate the world and encourage respect.

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