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World Bank’s Attack on Small Farmers
By :AfricaFocus Bulletin
27 May 2019
Editor`s Note:   “Enabling the Business of Agriculture,” promoted by the World Bank, and now enhanced with a new sub-indicator on land policy, is presented as a way to advance agricultural development, particularly in Africa. In reality, notes a new report from the Oakland Institute, it gives an additional push to a
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DRC: Failed Agro-Industrial Park Model
By :Oakland Institute and HLRN
25 April 2019
The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle: The Failure of Agro-Industrial Parks in DRC is a new report of the Oakland Institute that exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the establishment and collapse of
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USA: Court Rules IFC Not Immune
By :Diane Desierto, European Journal of International Law blog
28 February 2019
SCOTUS decision in Jam et al v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) denies absolute immunity to IFC…with caveats     When it rains, it somehow pours.   February 2019 ended up being such a landmark month for international law adjudication. A day after the International Court of Justice released its landmark Chagos Advisory Opinion (finely discussed by
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World Bank Schemes to Privatize the Commons
By :Oakland Institute
24 January 2019
The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons details how the Bank’s prescribes reforms, via a new land indicator in the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, promotes large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of agribusinesses in the developing world. This new indicator is
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India: Questioning “Smart-city” Wisdom
By :Rina Chandran, place
03 September 2018
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale   India`s $7.5 bln plan to turn 100 urban centres into Smart Cities by 2020 does not address structural issues and ignores the needs of low-income and marginalised groups, experts say   LAVASA, India—When David Cooper and his wife were looking for somewhere
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USA: Tenants Say Trump Budget "Dead on arrival"
By :NAHT
13 February 2018
HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Declare Trump’s 2019 Budget “Dead on Arrival”     Elected leaders of the national US tenant union today demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, released on February 12.     “Trump’s budget will push millions of people from their homes; starve seniors, children and
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Canada: New 10-year $40B Housing Strategy
By :Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
22 November 2017
Liberals detail $40B for 10-year national housing strategy, introduce Canada Housing Benefit. New strategy aims to build 100,000 new units, repair 300,000 and cut homelessness by 50%.     The federal government has announced the details of its ten-year national housing strategy, which includes the introduction of a housing benefit for families that
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UN Finance-for-development Reform
By :Jomo Kwame Sundaram, IPS
30 August 2017
KUALA LUMPUR—Growing global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development. Yet, the new mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past four decades have not been adequate to the growing challenges of coherence and coordination
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USA: Seniors Suffer with Reverse Mortgages
By :Jenifer McKim, The Washington Post
25 August 2017
More seniors are taking loans against their homes—and it’s costing them     As she was getting on in years and her resources dwindled, Virginia Rayford took out a special kind of mortgage in 2008 that she hoped would help her stay in her three-bedroom Washington rowhouse for the rest of her life.
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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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USA: 1st Trump Act Violates Housing Rights
By :Tom Cahill, U.S.Uncut
20 January 2017
In First Act as President, Trump Raises Mortgage Rates on Struggling Homeowners     After Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he delivered his inaugural address. Then he went to the White House, whereupon he stuck it to homeowners.   One of President Obama’s last acts as head of the executive branch was to
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World Bank’s Agriculture Initiative Criticized
By :Brettonwoods Project
18 January 2017
Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative. In mid-January, 157 organisations and individuals sent a letter to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim calling for the termination of the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative (EBA, see Bulletin May 2014,
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Public Payment for Royal Renovations Opposed
By :HIC-HLRN and Metro.uk
19 November 2016
Britain is experiencing a national crisis in housing and the National Health Service, while austerity is forcing cuts in many social services. Yesterday, the press announced a decision by the British prime minister and chancellor to pay an additional £369m from the public purse for a major 10-year refurbishment to
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EU Declares Israel Boycott Protected as Free Speech
By :Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel
31 October 2016
Palestinians hail Federica Mogherini’s statement, but she stresses that the union ‘rejects the BDS campaign’s attempts to isolate Israel’. the European Union’s foreign policy chief recently affirmed the right of EU citizens to boycott Israel, citing freedom of expression and rebuffing claims by Jerusalem that such measures amount to banned anti-Semitic
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By :Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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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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U.S. Congress to World Bank: End Water PPPs
12 April 2016
Congresswoman wants to halt and investigate World Bank’s private water investments   The practice of the World Bank both advising countries on water and investing in private water companies presents a concerning conflict of interest, said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., in a letter addressed to World Bank head Jim Kim. In it,
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African New Habitat Agenda Priorities
By :Ahmed Mansour Ismail and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye
23 February 2016
HABITAT III Africa Regional Meeting “African Priorities for the New Urban Agenda” Land and African Sustainable Urbanization, side event organized by GLTN Abuja, Nigeria, 23 February 2016 Summary prepared by Ahmed Mansour Ismail (HIC-HLRN) and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye (Institute of Land Administration)   Mr Ernest Aubee, ECOWAS (as moderator) introduced the panelists and further emphasized
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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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Habitat III Sins of Omission
By :Habitat for People - Not for Profit!
01 February 2016
Today, a movement of concerned partners engaged in the Habitat III preparations issued a public challenge to the organizers of the global process, calling on them to rethink the omissions and design flaws that narrow the Habitat III public debate and presuppose its outcomes. From the beginning of the deliberative and reporting
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UN Expert: “Abolish ISDS Arbitrations”
By :OHCHR
26 October 2015
NEW YORK—“Trade must be made to work for human rights and development and not against them,” the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, has said today.   In his fourth report* to the UN General Assembly, Mr. de Zayas focuses on
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NYC Coop Plan for Affordable Real Estate
By :Cat Johnson, Shareable
24 September 2015
Faced with the rising rents of commercial properties in cities, one New York organization is modeling a way for people to invest in permanently affordable, commercial real estate. The New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) leverages patient crowdfunding—small investments by a large number of people over time—to turn
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World Bank Rolls back Safeguards Further
By :BIC
04 August 2015
Dangerous rollback in environmental and social protections with the World Bank’s new Framework, undermining President Kim’s commitment to “no dilution”   Washington—The World Bank has released new draft safeguard policies[i] that will vastly weaken protections for affected communities and the environment at the same time as the bank intends to finance more
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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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Do RAI Principles Meet the Task?
By :Sylvia Kay, rightingfinance
06 May 2015
On 15 October 2014, the Member States of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), hosted at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approved the “Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.” (“RAI” or “RAI Principles”)   In a recent assessment of the principles, the Transnational Institute (TNI) exposes
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Predatory Lender Wells Fargo Bank Forced to Pay
By :The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times
15 June 2012
Wells Fargo Bank: A Predatory Lender Pays up   The Baltimore Sun   15 July 2012   Baltimore`s effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation`s largest mortgage lender,
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Documents (36)

Document Title

Publication Date

Final Report of the Sixth Session of the Land Forum in MENA

30 October 2017

التقرير النهائي للدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

30 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

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

Déclaration Finale, Atelier de formation des Communautés Locales d’Inga sur La Quantification des conséquences du déplacement

29 April 2016

Making social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III

02 February 2016

Comments on Habitat III Policy Paper Frameworks (overview)

31 January 2016

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

31 January 2016

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

18 November 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

Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Habitat II Evaluation Criteria

03 March 2015

حول خطة لمقاربة الموازنة العامة للدولة

06 September 2013

الدليل الإرشادي لأعمال الموازنة للمنظمات غير الحكومية

06 September 2013

ACIJ دراسات الحالة

06 September 2013

دراسة حالة سمارتان

06 September 2013

ETOs and Transnational Corruption

11 July 2013

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

دراسة برلمانية تحليلية حول موضوع: التنمية الإسكانية المستدامة

14 October 2008

Social Production of Housing in Mexico: Its National Importance and Its Economic Impact on Poor Households

30 September 2006

Rebuilding from the Ruins, Listening to the Voices from Gujarat and Restoring People`s Rights to Housing, Livelihood and Life, A Report on Ethnic Conflict in Gujarat, India

30 January 2003

The Investment Encouragement Act 1999 (Amended 2007)

22 July 1999

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

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

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

29 May 1995

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

16 June 1992

Miriam Gould, "Profits and the Housing Crisis: Conflicting Interests of Banks, Industry and Real Estate"

01 March 1946

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