International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Everyone has the right to housing
Strasbourg 17 October 2018
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

To celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2018), the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is organising a working session on Article 31 of the European Social Charter which states that everyone has the right to housing. We know that this fundamental right is far from being achieved in many member states of the Council of Europe.

This is therefore why access to housing is of concern not only to us and policy makers, social workers and landlords... but above all, those who have a right to housing, irrespective of age and family status including young people, single mothers, children. The lack of respect for the right to housing has serious impact on the health of those concerned, on their access to the labour market, education, protection, privacy, autonomy. In other words, it impedes them from living a dignified life. Article 31 is therefore a cornerstone, the respect of which guarantees the fundamental rights laid down in the European Social Charter.

You are cordially invited to join us in the working session which is organised by the transversal working group "Poverty", coordinated by the Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Miguel Cabral de Pinho. We will have the opportunity to exchange points of view in order to build a vision of the constraints and the progress made and to propose courses of action to all the actors concerned.

The meeting will take place on 17 October 2018, from 9 am to 1 pm in room 3 of the Council of Europe Palais.

In order to ensure access to the meeting venue, registration is mandatory. Thank you for confirming your presence by Monday, 8 October at the latest (see hereunder).

The goal of our organisations working with people who have lived or currently live in poor housing, who do not have access to housing or who have precarious housing is that the voice of these people is heard and shared.

Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs

Miguel Cabral de Pinho, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee

If you wish to participate to the session, please send the name of your NGO, your last name, first name and phone number to