WYA’s advocacy team has been attending plenary sessions (official commission meetings) all week. This year’s commission theme is, “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness.” The Commission held its last three days this week. We’ve got the highlights for you below.
Monday 17 February:
A few Member States and UN entities gave statements in the morning plenary meeting before civil society organizations were able to give their statements.
WYA was able to give its statement in the morning. You can read the statement here, or visit our Facebook page to watch the statement be delivered.
Side events included one focused on children’s homelessness sponsored by the World Organization for Early Childhood Education and another focused on Homelessness among Older Persons, sponsored by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Tuesday 18 February:
There were no plenary sessions held while negotiations on draft resolutions concluded.
UN-Habitat and home furnishings store IKEA hosted a film festival with documentaries from the US, Sweden, Canada, and Denmark examining different causes of homelessness and what having a home means.
A side event in the morning sponsored by Make Mothers Matter titled “Single mothers’ specific vulnerability to homelessness and impact on children” examined the rise in single parent households and its connection to homelessness. Speakers noted that pregnancy can place women in a difficult position related to finding employment and a home, and that elements such as depression and post partum depression can impact it as well. If left untreated, children can become homeless after their mothers die by suicide.
Members of WYA’s Advocacy Team at CSocD58
Wednesday 19 February:
The Commission concluded with the adoption of resolutions. Read WYA’s full write up here.
The final side events included one on the family as key to fighting homelessness and policy gaps related to youth homelessness.