In 2000, all 189 member countries of the U.N. agreed to the Millennium Development Goals, designed to improve the quality of life of the world’s poorest people. While the list addressed many basic needs, access to adequate shelter was not a clear priority in the final list of eight goals.
As the 2015 expiration of the Millennium Development Goals approaches, Habitat for Humanity and other international development advocacy groups are working to ensure that the importance of adequate shelter in breaking the cycle of poverty is recognized in the upcoming Post-2015 Agenda.
With more people living in cities and slums continuing to swell, adequate housing must be preserved in the next set of Millennium Development Goals.
Habitat is ensuring stakeholders understand the demographics of those living in poverty have changed and the need for a safe, decent, affordable place to live is continuing to grow.