Dignity by Design

The built environment – the places where we live, work, and interact with others – has a defining influence over our ability to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Our efforts to address the world’s major challenges like inequality, mass migration, and climate change hinge in many ways on what we build, where, how, and for whom. There are implications for human rights at all stages of the built environment lifecycle. As IHRB's latest report identifies, the private and public sectors have a major influence over the built environment, from land use, to design, to construction, and re-development.

There is a clear need for strategic collaboration and interventions to ensure that the role of the private sector advances, rather than undermines, human rights. IHRB, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Australian Human Rights Institute at the University of New South Wales, and Rafto Foundation for Human Rights have formed a coalition dedicated to this mission. Throughout 2019 the coalition is consulting widely on a set of Draft Principles for Dignity in the Built Environment to provide a vision for dignity throughout the built environment lifecycle and inspire action.