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Out of Africa: Human Rights Habitat Struggles
By :Marie Huchzermeyer, CUBES/Wits Univ. and Joseph Schechla, HLRN
07 November 2017
From Africa to the World: Struggling for Human Rights to Housing, Land and the City   Mid-October 2017, Nairobi was host to an intense engagement on housing rights, social justice and the right to the city. This was amid political turmoil in Kenyan towns and cities, and unrelated to this but largely
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New Report: India`s Farm Widows
By :HLRN-India and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development
15 October 2017
Report on farm widows of Maharashtra highlights human rights violations recommends urgent state intervention to prevent social and economic exclusion   NEW DELHI—A study released today by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) India (New Delhi), and Prakriti Resource Centre for Women and Development (Nagpur) reveals the acute vulnerability of farm widows
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No SDGs without Major Progress on Land
By :Luca Chinotti, International Land Coalition
28 July 2017
Land and the SDGs: Key takeaways from the 2017 HLPF and what we need to do next     This was the clear and strong message that was brought by the land community into the major global forum on the SDGs, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is the central platform for
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By :HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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NUA Reporting in 2018 Crucial
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
11 May 2017
2018 reporting period will prove critical for New Urban Agenda, advocates say         Labels NAIROBI—Although 2017 is not yet halfway over, advocates for the New Urban Agenda on sustainable cities already are looking to next year as critical for embedding the agreement aims among national governments.   That’s because the recent Habitat III conference set
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India: Landless Women Attacked in Odisha
By :Ranjana Padhi, The Wire
02 May 2017
The powers that be in Sipasarubali, Odisha work to take over forest land to build a beach resort, villagers who are trying to fight them are under attack.     Puri, Odisha: On April 28, a friend and I went to Gola and Gopinathpur villages in Odisha to meet activists who, in the early 1990s, had
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Women Have a Right to Land and Housing
By :Isabella Bwiire, NewVision.org
08 March 2017
As we celebrate the International Women’s day today, emphasis should be put to the extent to which some of the obligations have been achieved with regard to women’s basic needs including shelter, access to land and land security etc. The state of shelter development in Uganda shows that, with the
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Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
By :Osprey Orielle Lake, Emily Arasim, Common Dreams
07 March 2017
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good. Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to
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Rule of Law and Women Food and Land Rights
By :IDLO
07 March 2017
We live in a world of abundance, yet ensuring food security remains challenging. Women are responsible for more than half of global food production. Yet they account for 70 per cent of the world’s hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition. Achieving food security is not only a question of ensuring
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Land Rights Changing Women’s World of Work
By :Monique Barbut, IPS Agency
06 March 2017
BONN, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) - International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030.
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Cambodia: Land Grabs, Defender Jailed
By :Prak Chan Thul and Alisa Tang, The Japan Times
25 February 2017
Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist   PHNOM PENH—Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.   Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for
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Brazil: Eucalyptus War on Quilombo Lands
By :Luisa Torre and Patrik Camporez Macao, Al Jazeera
05 January 2017
Brazil`s quilombos face eucalyptus giant in land war. "They stole our forests and our water. We took our medicine from the forest. Now, they put police and dogs at our door."     ESPIRITO SANTO, Brazil—In Sape do Norte, in the far north of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 32 communities refer to the 111,000 hectares
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Land Rights Defender Killings Tripled in 2016
By :PANAP
10 December 2016
2015 had been the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders who are struggling to protect land, forests and rivers from privately interested takers. But, in 2016, roughly 16 land rights advocates have been killed each month from January through November.     PENANG, Malaysia—Advocacy group PAN Asia Pacific
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Resisting Reed: Atlanta’s Peoplestown v. Mayor
By :Atlanta Progressive News
24 November 2016
This Thanksgiving Day, Mayor Kasim Reed is thankful for eminent domain. Meanwhile, Peoplestown residents fight back.   ATLANTA—On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop
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USA: Oakland`s “Mega-evictor”
By :Sam Levin, The Guardian
11 November 2016
The landlord who filed over 3,000 eviction notices. Pro-tenant group says a landlord who has a seat on Oakland’s housing cabinet is also the top evictor in the city, where a housing crunch has reached crisis levels     Leketha Williams was out of options. When the Oakland, California, mother was evicted and
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UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
By :Julia Zorthian, Time
06 October 2016
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
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Nigeria: When They Bulldozed, She Fought Back
By :Betty Abah and Elaine Zuckerman, Ms. magazine
03 October 2016
Bimbo, 57 and a mother of four, grew up in Makoko, Lagos Nigeria’s largest slum, married, and established a thriving soft drink business in boisterous Badia East, another Lagos slum. Her life was upturned when the World Bank-financed Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project bulldozed Badia East in 2013 without notice.   The “urban
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England: Record Evictions by Private Landlords
By :Patrick Butler, The Guardian
28 September 2016
End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show     Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show.   The end of an assured shorthold tenancy
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The “Four Rs and Four Ps”
By :Christopher Swope, Citiscope
06 August 2016
How Seberang Perai’s first female mayor is reducing waste and boosting citizen engagement   You’ve heard of the “Three Rs” — reduce, reuse and recycle. And there’s “PPPs” — public-private partnerships.   Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif puts a twist on both of these phrases. She likes to talk of the “Four Rs” and the
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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
By :HIC-HLRN
27 July 2016
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
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Struggling to Chart Habitat II Implementation
By :Greg Scruggs, Citiscope
26 July 2016
Note: HIC-HLRN republishes this article from Citiscope as a report from the ““Fulfilling Habitat Commitments: Assessing the Past - Constructing a Platform for Action,” Surabaya, 24 July 2016. However, this does not suggest that HIC or HLRN endorse the methodology or the findings of the HCI exercise, as the criteria
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Africa: Property Rights Still Wretchedly Insecure
By :The economist
16 July 2016
COSMAS MURUNGA was always proud to show off his mud-walled home, set in a clearing on the wooded slopes of Mount Elgon; to explain how his people coexisted with, and cared for, the forest and its wildlife on the border with Uganda. But that home is no more, burnt to
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UN Experts Insist on HR-based Habitat III
By :OHCHR
29 June 2016
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
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HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
By :HIC-HLRN
28 June 2016
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
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New Policy on Smallholders` Market Access
By :CFS
09 June 2016
The Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) convened from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy. Building on the outcomes of the 2015 High-Level Forum on
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HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By :HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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COP21: Land & Water Convergence Speaks
By :Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
08 December 2015
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles” stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis. This alliance of struggles has delivered its message to the COP21 currently meeting at Paris. Their statement follows.   The
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HIC Takes on COP21
By :HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Nigeria: UNSR Urges Halt to Eviction Trend
By :OHCHR
23 November 2015
GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country. The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out
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Habitat III National Reporting Tool
By :HIC-HLRN
21 September 2015
Habitat III National Reporting Guidelines (merged with State obligations)   This Excel file attempts to merge the national Habitat III report outline proffered by UN-Habitat with the already-standing commitments of states and UN bodies at Habitat II (1996). For those following UN-Habitat`s advice, the left column leads with the agency’s reduced six
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HIC Reviews Habitat III Issue Papers
By :HIC-HLRN
31 July 2015
Habitat International Coalition has just issued its compilation of inputs from Members and officers following their review of the Habitat III Issue Papers. The 22 thematic contributions from technical experts selected by the UN-Habitat/Habitat III Secretariat have been drafted as a framework for the debate leading up to the Third
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ESCR Committee Highlights Women’s Land Rights
By :The Global Initiative for Economic Social and Cultural Rights
23 June 2015
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights welcomes the strong Observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights addressing land rights, and in particular women’s land rights, in Uganda.  The Concluding Observations were informed by a Parallel Report submitted by the Global Initiative and its local partners the Center for
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Post-2015 SDG Zero Draft Released
By :UN General Assembly
02 June 2015
Late on Monday, New York time, the co-chairs of the Open Working Group the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Ambassador David Donoghue of Ireland have released the zero draft of the new development agenda to permanent representatives of UN member states. Entitled “Transforming Our World
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CFS Develops Protracted-crisis Policy
By :HIC-HLRN
01 May 2015
In October of this year, the Committee on Global Food Security is expected to adopt the new Framework of Action [to ensure] Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises. That global policy promises to usher in a new approach that formally operationalizes humanitarian, development and human rights principles combined to
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Twiga Farm: Story of a Kenyan Land Grab
By :Leila van Rinsum, Pambazuka News
08 October 2014
Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.   On Tuesday,
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Documents (77)

Document Title

Publication Date

ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت الكبرى

17 November 2017

Right to the City Charter in Greater Beirut

17 November 2017

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

برنامج منتدى الأرض لشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

25 October 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

The Right to Adequate Food Seminar: Promoting accountability of food security actions to the people most affected by food insecurity and malnutrition

24 January 2017

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2016

Habitat III Statement

20 October 2016

Final draft "New Urban Agenda" of 10 September 2016

10 September 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

A Tool for Evaluative Habitat III Reporting: Responding to the Need for Implementation Reports

24 July 2016

Compilation of Habitat II Commitments

22 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Gender Equality

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Safety and Security

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Land

21 July 2016

Restoring Human Rights and Habitat to the Habitat III Process and New Habitat Agenda

19 July 2016

HIC response to Habitat III revised zero draft

28 June 2016

Commentarios de la HIC sobre el borrador cero revisado del Habitat III

28 June 2016

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

CFS Recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

09 June 2016

General recommendation No. 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women

07 March 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 2016

Comentarios de HIC a los Documentos Marco sobre Políticas de Hábitat III (resumen)

31 January 2016

The Paris Agreement, FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

اتفاق باريس، FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

"Building Climate-resilient Societies," HIC statement to COP21

04 December 2015

"Key Issues and Recommendations," Housing in the City We Need UTC

18 November 2015

Security of Tenure through the Habitat Agenda, 1976–2016

16 November 2015

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام ٢٠٣٠، A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformer notre monde : le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées (CSA-CDA)

15 October 2015

Marco de Acción para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición durante Crisis Prolongadas (marco de acción del CSA)

15 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

تقرير المقرر الخاص بالسكن اللائق كعنصر من عناصر الحق في مستوى معيشي مناسب وبالحق في عدم التمييز في هذا السياق، A/70/270

04 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

Guía para el derecho a la ciudad

21 July 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

المبادئ الخاصة بإستثمات الارشيدة في الزراعة واانظم الغذئية

18 October 2014

Concept Paper for a FAO Inventory of Legal Norms Applied to Protracted Crises

12 August 2013

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (Korean Language)

21 May 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (English version)

21 May 2012

Sanctuary in the city_ Urban displacement and vulnerability in Damascus A desk study

15 December 2011

Urban policies and the right to the city: Rights Responsibilities and Citizenship

16 March 2009

“De Vancouver 1976 a Vancouver 2006: Una revisión critica desde la perspectiva no gubernamental”

01 October 2008

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

المبادئ الأساسية والمبادئ التوجيهية المتعلقة بعمليات الإخلاء والترحيل بدافع التنمية

05 February 2007

Principios básicos y directrices sobre los desalojos y el desplazamiento generados por el desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

05 February 2007

The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life

16 May 2006

قضايا جوهرية ناشئة عن تنفيذ العهد الدولي الخاص بالحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية، التعليق العام رقم 16

11 August 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (Arabic version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (English version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (French version)

20 June 2005

Charter for Women`s Right to the City

01 September 2004

Gender Equality in UN-Habitat

01 January 2004

Women and Habitat: A History

01 January 2004

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

11 June 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

09 June 2001

European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City

18 May 2000

Gender and the Habitat Agenda: Engendering Our Human Settlements

01 April 1999

“Women’s access, control and tenure of land, property and settlement”

25 July 1998

Cities and Homes for All: The Habitat Agenda

30 June 1996

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda, A/CONF.165/14

14 June 1996

HIC News, Vol. 2, No. 2

01 May 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

The Jerusalem Declaration (darf Charter of the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement)

29 May 1995

European Charter for Women in the City

01 March 1994

NGO Treaty on Urbanisation. Towards Just Democratic and Sustainable Cities, Towns and Villages

16 June 1992

لجنة الحقوق الاقتصادية و الاجتماعية و الثقافية، التعليق العام رقم 4 "الحق في السكن"

13 December 1991

Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements and The Vancouver Action Plan

11 June 1976

Declaración de Vancouver

11 June 1976

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