Congress “Building the right to housing”

In the last 50 years, the prices of housing in developed countries have increased three times more than the prices of other basic services. The challenges surrounding housing, such as affordability, the proliferation of slums and the increase in urban inequality, have adversely affected the quality of life of people, with serious impacts on the sustainability of the city.

In this context, UN Habitat organized on Wednesday and Thursday 27 and 28 March the congress “Building the right to housing” with the aim of helping the member states in the process of implementing the right to decent housing, repositioning housing in the contemporary global debate on inclusive cities with sustainable and viable economies, both environmentally and culturally and socially.

Two days and twenty protagonists

Professor Sergio Nasarre, director of the UNESCO Chair of Housing of the URV, is one of the 20 invited to participate in this congress. An event that also has José Mujica, former President of Uruguay; Christophe Lalande, leader of the housing unit of UN-Habitat; Joan Clos, former Mayor of Barcelona and former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Habitat III; Sorcha Edwards, of the General Secretariat of Housing of Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing; o Reinhard Goethert, professor and researcher at MIT focused on urbanization and housing in developing countries and founder of the Global University Consortium Exploring Incremental Housing, among others.

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Intermediate tenures


Congress Building the Right to Housing

As part of the implementation process of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, the event is organized “Building the Right to Housing”, a discussion forum that will be conducive to assessing the state of the recognition of the right to housing as a fundamental human right, and the progress of the precepts and objectives arising from the international agendas in relation to the subject.

Debate League

Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre is a Jury member of the Debate League.


Infovivienda is a website promoted by the UNESCO Chair of Housing of the Rovira i Virgili University, which has the objective of making practical and rigorous information available to the public on the different forms of housing (property and mortgage, rent and intermediate tenures) and housing as a human right in the form of Q & A.

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Open Access

The URV’s UNESCO Housing Chair offers free access to different scientific publications regarding cohousing, blockchain, rehabilitation for rent, housing tenures, housing rights and European reports, which can be found and downloaded at
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Gentrification in big cities

Gentrification is a phenomenon expressing in replacement or expulsion of the poor class from the urban center. It is a consequence of speculative strategies in the real estate sector and growing demands of classes with higher purchasing power. The development of gentrification can be explained by lack of public policies to control housing prices and insufficient regulation in this area, originating from the measures to ensure diversity in the cities and make them affordable to a wide group of population in general.

RODRÍGUEZ, Maridalia,   “Gentrificación en grandes ciudades” (Diari de Tarragona, 03/12/2018)

The taxation of real estate transactions

Dr. Estela Rivas has taught the course on “The taxation of real estate transactions” on 15, 22 and 29 November 2018 in Barcelona. The course was organised by the Provincial Council of Barcelona so as to train professionals from local administrations who are working on the provision of local housing services.