Urban poor get rough deal on housing

Although the concept of urban heritage -- an idea that sees the poor as part of old-town development -- has gained international recognition, in reality, these people who are scattered in major cities around the world are still vulnerable with inadequate housing and face the threat of forced eviction.

This remains a challenge for housing rights advocates. Among them is Leilani Farha, special rapporteur on the right to housing, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, who championed the rights of these people at the UN Habitat III, also known as the City Summit, in Quito, Ecuador this week.

Urban heritage emerged as a major theme for the three-day conference, which is the third of its kind.

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