Habitat III - Side Events
  • Thursday 20
  • How to Provide Unique Postal Addresses (and Therefore Identities) to Slums Dwellers

    Side Events
    Venue: R7
    Speakers:
    Lead Organization:
    Addressing the Unaddressed
    Partner organizations:
    Slum Dwellers International
    UN Human Settlements Programme

    When you give a man a postal address you give him an identity and improve his life Having a physical unique postal address enables a citizen to partake with relative ease in everyday activities such as receiving, healthcare services, or utility supply, or social welfare entitlements, opening a bank account, attending schools, getting a job, receiving mail and deliveries, or even to run a business. However nearly 1 billion people worldwide live in urban slums without unique postal addresses. We will show at this side event how any person who does not have a unique address, and especially those living in slums, may have one, quickly and economically. The event addresses issues in Habitat III Issue Papers 22 - Informal Settlements, and also helps achieve Sustainable Development Goals 11 (SDG Goal 11.1 and 11.3) The event outcomes we expect are: City planners (especially those in charge of the urban slums) will find our methods useful to provide unique postal addressing in slums. This unique postal addressing will provide them with the information needed (maps, census) to plan more accurately, transparently and in a non-discriminative manner, any slum upgrading activity NGOs involved in the welfare of slum dwellers will find our methods useful to provide unique postal addressing in slums. This unique postal addressing will provide them with the information needed (maps, census) to better plan their activities and report to their donor base more accurately their social impact.  Who should attend: City planners, NGOs working in slums, Mayors, Parliamentarians, Foundations.