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Leilani Farha, Advisory Board

Leilani Farha is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. In that role, she has been a vocal advocate. She is focused on exposing how housing has become an instrument to grow wealth for governments and large-scale investors, despite its status as a fundamental human right. Farha is equally concerned about the global rise in homelessness as a neglected human rights issue. She has presented reports to the UN on the treatment of housing as a commodity and its consequences for poor and middle class people, as well as issued reports to guide States and other actors in meeting their commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals. As Special Rapporteur, she has led investigations and advocacy trips to India, Egypt, Chile, and Portugal, among other countries. An attorney by training, Farha is the Executive Director of the NGO Canada Without Poverty. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada in recognition of her work.