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Right to Housing and Right to the City: cities from across the world come together to launch a common message

Last Sunday, 15 July, UCLG and its Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights co-organized a special session on the Right to Housing as a preview of the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum held in parallel to the High Level Political Forum (New York, 15-18 July), in partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Barcelona, Cities for the right to housing

Photo credits @UCLG/Mark Schardan Local and regional leaders and housing policy experts met in Barcelona from 2-3 November to reaffirm their commitment to housing as a human right and share experiences on making it a reality.

Barcelona, Fearless cities: International Municipalist Summit

Around the world, towns and cities are standing up to defend human rights, democracy and the common good. The Fearless Cities summit will allow municipalist movements to build global networks of solidarity and hope in the face of hate, walls and borders.Join us in Barcelona for political debate, policy exchange, and practical workshops featuring mayors and councilors and municipalist movements that are transforming society from below.From Barcelona strengthening the foundations of solidarity municipalism! Full support of the International Alliance of Inhabitants!

A European network of rebel cities?

In Europe, it is the cities that once again lead the way as places of radical innovation and democratic renewal - and provide answers to the challenges we face in our continent.

Mozambique, 16th Conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy

The 16th Conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) will take place in the city of Matola, in Mozambique from the 4th to  the 6th  of May 2016. Matola is a model for participatory democracy in Africa (it is the current President of the IOPD) and is the World Capital of Participatory Democracy. The theme of the IOPD's 16th Conference will be “Good Governance and Citizen Participation” and will bring together the experiences and practices of local authorities, public-sector managers, organisations, entities, civil society, researchers and academics from all over the world.

L'ayuntamiento de Barcelona multa con 5.000 euros a bancos que tienen 12 pisos vacíos

El Ayuntamiento de Barcelona que capitanea la alcaldesa Ada Colau ha impuesto 12 multas a entidades financieras que tienen pisos vacíos en la ciudad. Las sanciones son de 5.000 euros y llegan después de un plan del anterior gobierno municipal peinara con inspecciones cuatro de los barrios donde más desahucios se han producido en los últimos años, como Ciutat Meridiana o Besòs, y que más pisos vacíos acumulan.

Make the voices of Africa’s inhabitants heard

Facing forced evictions in Africa (© Amnesty International, March 2012) From 4 to 8 December the IAI will make the voices of Africa’s urban inhabitants heard at Dakar by hosting and participating in a series of events, including the Sixth Africities Summit (no registration charge for anyone to attend the Thematic Session on Associations of Inhabitants) and meetings with local residents organisations in the neighbourhoods. In this way the network is building upon relationships and convergences developed at the last World Assembly of Inhabitants (WAI, WSF Dakar 2011) and encouraging participation in the next WAI which will take place in Tunis (WSF, March 2013). Your signature is needed to support the recognition of inhabitants organisations.

France, a United Front of anti-evictions Mayors

Approximately 20 left-wing mayors have signed anti-eviction measures that also legislate against cutting off water and electricity, thus protecting almost one million inhabitants from the effects of the housing crisis. A plea to all mayors.

The Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City Adoption to be planned

The International Permanent Secretariat Human Rights and Local Governments ( SPIDH) of Nantes will participate in the next UCLG World Council (United Cities and Local Governments) which will be held between 9 and 11 December 2011 in Florence (Italy).

Philadelphia, Chery Honkala, the People's Sheriff: Keeping families in their homes

My name is Cheri Honkala and I’m running for Sheriff of Philadelphia to keep families in their homes. Every 7 seconds in this country a family is going into foreclosure. The banks received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money and yet they refuse to help out struggling homeowners and continue to increase blight and homelessness in our communities. Well, I’m here to act as the people’s bailout! When I’m elected Sheriff, I will refuse to throw anyone out of their home. We live in the richest nation in the world and there is no reason why we can’t house every man, woman, and child.