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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing' Report on impact of housing finance policies

The Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, will present her new thematic report this year at the 67th session of the General Assembly. In this report, the Rapporteur analyses the ruling paradigm of housing policies that focus on housing finance as the main means of promoting homeownership.

The civil society: the UN-Habitat’s “Manifesto for Cities” does not represent our opinions and strategies

We publish the official report of the Round Table at f the World Urban Forum in Naples, which challenges the  propaganda  that claims a pretended  unanimous acceptance for  ‘Manifesto for the  Cities’, revealing, rather, an unprecedented breakaway from? the UN-Habitat’s handling of the issue that contradicts the ‘human rights’ approach which should be part of its very DNA.  This is a new challenge to defend democracy for the civil society.

“Fewer housing opportunities for the world’s poor” – UN expert on housing

GENEVA (1st  October 2012) – “Opportunities for whom?” asked the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, when assessing this year’s World Habitat Day theme ‘Changing cities, building opportunities.’

Towards an agenda of convergence of migrants and inhabitants

Encounters and co-ordinations at RIO+20 A part of the activities of encounters and co-ordinations at Rio+20 were the steps taken towards the convergence of the movements of migrants and of inhabitants, who have common problems and aspirations in as far as migrants are a part of the inhabitants occupying any given space.

Report: How can development actors engage in internal displacement?

IDMC's latest report highlights how internal displacement is not just an humanitarian, human rights or peace-building challenge, but also a development one. There are profound financial implications for people, families and communities affected by internal displacement. By examining the relationships between development action and human rights, this report identifies some key potential areas of intervention by development actors.

GRAIN releases data set with over 400 global land grabs

Today GRAIN is making available a new data set documenting 416 recent, large-scale land grabs by foreign investors for the production of food crops. The cases cover nearly 35 million hectares of land in 66 countries.

Stop Land Grabbing – land to the tillers!

April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasants struggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defence of peasants and small-scale farmers struggling for their rights.Denounce land grabbing! Wherever you are, fill in this poster with the name of your local land grabbers and send us a picture of what you are doing to protest with this poster.E-mail: viacampesina@viacampesina.org

The cancer of sub-standard housing is spreading round the world

A slum in Nairobi, Kenia. (Photo: khym54/Flickr/CC) In spite of international commitments, 1,600 million people all over the world are living in deficient housing, and in the developing South 828 million lack adequate water and sanitation services. In the Social Watch Report 2012, experts warn that these problems are aggravated by inequalities between and within countries, privatization, the disappearance of communal property, migration, forced eviction, land speculation and climate change.

Объединенные солидарностью, мы боремся вместе и строим Путь Города и Сообществ, путь к достойной жизни на нашей планете!

Всего самого лучшего в 2012 году, ибо сейчас наступило время: Для тех, у кого нет жилья, у кого плохое жилье или для тех, кто оказался изгнанным из него - опереться на солидарность и на борьбу с целью сопротивления и создания альтернатив при столкновении с политикой неолиберализма и победы над ним ... (---> и вперед к 2013 году!)

2012 Housing Europe Review

The CECODHAS Housing Europe Observatory has carried out a second review of the social, co-operative and public housing sectors in the 27 EU member states, the first one having been completed in 2007.