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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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Food Companies Threaten Environmental Activists
By :Oxfam International
07 September 2017
Despite committing to deforestation-free supply chains, the top 10 food and beverage companies lack policies to protect the activists and communities caring for the environment from intimidation, threats and attacks, according to a new Oxfam report.   Commercial farming of some everyday food ingredients, like soy and palm oil, are driving massive
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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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Mobilization Call: 60 Years after Treaty of Rome
By :La Via Campesina
14 March 2017
For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in a Europe of the People and of Solidarity. We call on ECVC’s member organizations, allied groups, grassroots networks, and the whole peasant and food sovereignty movement in Europe to mobilize this 25 March – on the
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Report: Forced Evictions Fuel Land Disputes
By :Kieran Guilbert, Rights Resources
09 February 2017
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forced evictions of local communities from their lands by foreign companies fuel around two-thirds of land ownership disputes across Africa, often sparking strikes or violence which can prove costly to investors, activists said on Thursday. Pushing people off their land drives more conflict over land rights
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Report: Land Rights in a Turbulent World
By :Rights and Resources Initiative
09 February 2017
Acknowledgment that insecure land rights among the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities contribute to conflict, discourage investment, and impede progress on global goals of sustainable development, poverty reduction, and climate change mitigation is growing. In 2016, this consensus found a powerful new ally: major institutional investors are beginning to
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Nigeria: 100 Structures Demolished in Ladipo
By :Monsuru Olowoopejo, Vanguard
03 February 2017
About 100 shops and other structures within Jakande Estate, Amuwo-Odofin, have been razed and hundreds of traders displaced when a demolition squad from the Lagos State Government stormed the estate, to restore sanity alleged sanity to the complex. The demolition came three months after the State Government, which the Secretary
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EU’s Biggest Pension Funds Invest Big in Colonies
By :Mikkel Bahl, Hanan Chemlali & Kristoffer Marslev, Danwatch
31 January 2017
Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invested in illegal Israeli settler colonies.   Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines
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fb Zuckerberg Sues to Take Native Hawaiian Land
By :Nathan Wellman, U.S. Uncut
19 January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg is suing to force native Hawaiians off their ancestral land to build an island resort     Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ended 2016 by suing hundreds of people native to Hawaii, apparently so that he can have 700 acres of land all to himself.   The billionaire’s lawsuit, filed on 30 December, was
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USA: Trump Calls for More Drilling, Taps Protest
By :Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, Reuters
15 January 2017
US President-elect Donald Trump taps a well of protest with his calls for more oil and gas drilling in the country`s national parks     President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.   The
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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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European Tenants vs. Wall Street Landlords
By :Liz Alderman, The New York Times
18 December 2016
Wall Street is Europe’s landlord, and tenants are fighting back.     DUBLIN—The Tobun family never missed a rental payment on their modest brick rowhouse in eight years. But in February, the couple, who have two young children, received a letter warning that they would have to leave their home when the lease
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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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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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Chile: Heavy Price of Water Privatization
By :Daniel Gallagher, the Gaurdian
15 September 2016
When it comes to water, Chile is failing its citizens. In Santiago, the nation’s capital, millions of people are regularly left without running water for days at a time and experts are warning of water scarcity to come across the country astemperatures rise and glaciers retreat. “What we need is a transformation away from the private model
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Brazil: Water Privatisation Imposed for Games
By :Corporate Europe Observatory
14 July 2016
Brazil’s new government imposes Rio water privatisation to pay for Olympic Games   A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country`s largest corporations, Brazil`s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help
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Italy: Stop Roma Eviction
By :Enrico Guida & Nicole Garbin, open society foundations.org
06 May 2016
Elena Petrache and her daughter Liliana have been living in Ex Cartiera, a dilapidated shelter for Roma in Rome’s industrial suburbs, since 2011. They share a small room, and Liliana’s daughter Denisa and her son share another. Until recently, the kitchens were outside in a courtyard, but in February they were
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"Right to the City" Movement Goes Global
By :Francesca Perry, The Guardian
19 April 2016
Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?   From the Taksim Square and Nuit Debout protests to bank takeovers in Barcelona and women’s workshops in Delhi, the pressure for more inclusive cities is mounting. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?   On
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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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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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Food Firms Back Plan to Stop Land Grabbing
By :Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
17 August 2015
TORONTO--Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory. Drafted by senior figures from Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola and other large firms, along with researchers from Oxfam, Global Witness and the other international organizations,
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German CSO Forum Addresses Habitat III
By :Forum on Environment & Development
31 July 2015
The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment and development. Its purpose is to coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development. It was strongly involved in the preparation and the civil society processes of the Habitat
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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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Brazil: Easing Land Purchases for Foreigners
By :Anna Edgerton and Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg
03 June 2015
Brazil`s government favors easing land-ownership restrictions for foreigners to help offset flagging commodities demand, Attorney General Luis Inacio Adams said. "I`m in favor of more flexibility on land ownership," Adams said in an interview. "The law needs to be modernized." Adams, appointed by President Dilma Rousseff, is the
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Turkey: Plundering Istanbul’s “Lungs”
By :Northern Forest Defense
25 May 2015
The Istanbul-based Northern Forests Defense (NFD) movement has published two new reports in English to expose the hazards of current plans for the construction of the Turkish city’s new airport complex. The NFD is a public-interest initiative that advocates the protection of the ecologically interconnected and diverse area north of
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Documents (30)

Document Title

Publication Date

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

SDG 6

18 July 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities

23 June 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

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

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

19 July 2016

HIC @ Habitat III

23 June 2016

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report

05 February 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

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

Herramienta para los Informes Nacionales Paralelos de Hábitat III

03 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

Guía para el derecho a la ciudad

21 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

Le rôle de l’échelon local et des autres échelons infranationaux d’administration en matière de droit à un logement convenable, A/HRC/28/62

22 December 2014

HIC response to HRC-AC Local government and human rights questionnaire

15 November 2014

The Right to the City: Cairo

03 November 2014

The continuing debate about urban bias: the thesis, its critics, its influence, and its implications for poverty reduction strategies. Progress in Development Studies, 10 (1)

18 July 2010

“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

Lessons in Privatization: Considerations for Arab States

01 January 2002

The Social Function of Property and the Human Capacity to Flourish

30 June 2001

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

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