Archives - Program 2019


Turning the Right to Adequate Housing into a Reality

In cities, the right to decent housing and affordable rent is increasingly undermined. Evictions, unhealthy conditions: housing is becoming a subject of speculation.

Because of real estate financiarisation, the tourist industry and the gentrification of neighbourhoods, people of modest means are continually forced to move further away from the city centres. Housing becomes a matter for speculators, a new battleground for inequality and social violence. What are the current possibilities for reclaiming space and the city? How can we make the right to adequate housing a reality?

The panel will open with the signature by the Mayor of Geneva, Mr. Sami Kanaan, of the manifesto "The Shift" initiated by Leilani Farha in an effort to recognize the right to suitable housing as a human right.

Push (Rough Cut) is about the struggle of Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing Rights, who acts as a spokesperson for the most vulnerable and puts the human rights issue back at the centre of the debate.
The debate will be held in English with simultaneous French translation.

JusticeMouvements citoyensPrécarité

Saturday 9 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Co-presented with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Sami Kanaan Mayor of Geneva

Beatriz Balbin Chief of the Special Procedures Branch, Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights


Leilani Farha UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing

Maria Lúcia De Pontes Brazilian lawyer, public defender and activist against forced evictions and favela’s removals

Moderated by

Patrick Butler Social Policy Editor, the Guardian

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Film thématique

PUSH (Rough Cut)

By Fredrik Gertten

Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities worldwide. Incomes are not. The middle classes are getting pushed out of cities, while financial powerhouses use housing as an opportunity to park money. Fredrik Gertten follows UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, on her quest to understand why and how housing has become one of today’s most pressing world issues. 

  • Section Film thématique

Latin AmericaEconomicsEurope

Fredrik Gertten


  • Margarete Jangård


  • WG Film