In a resolution (A/HRC/35/L.30/Rev.1) on human rights in cities and other human settlements, adopted without a vote, the Council urges States to promote a safe, healthy, inclusive and secure environment in cities and human settlements enabling everyone to live, work and participate in urban life without fear of violence and intimidation, taking into account vulnerability and cultural factors in the development of policies concerning public security and crime and violence prevention, including by preventing and countering the stigmatization of specific groups as posing inherently greater security threats; encourages the relevant special procedures mandate holders, in fulfilling their respective mandates, to submit proposals that could support States in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and underscores the importance of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly to be convened by the President of the General Assembly during the seventy-first session of the Assembly to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Brazil, introducing draft resolution L.30, highlighted that today, the global urban population represented more than half of the world’s total population. In 2050, the number of persons living in urban areas would practically double. Last year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development adopted the new “Urban Agenda” in which States shared a vision of cities for all, which referred to the use of cities and human settlements on an equal footstep with the aim of fostering integration in cities. This vision had a clear link with goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda which aimed at making cities and other settlements more sustainable.
Ecuador, introducing draft resolution L.30, highlighted that the resolution addressed various topics such as water and sanitation, the environment and education, among other things, and that it benefited from a constructive participation by delegations during the consultations.
United States, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, greatly appreciated extensive consultations leading to the draft resolution. It reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable urban development. However, it did not recognize any right to the city. The human right to safe drinking water was derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, but the United States did not accept that that right derived from any other international conventions or national laws.
The resolution was adopted without a vote.