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The International Alliance of Inhabitants at the Mediterranean Social Forum

Barcelona, 16-18 June 2005

The International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) took part in the Mediterranean Social Forum in Barcelona (16-18 June 2005) with a series of initiatives and meetings aimed at strengthening the solidarity between inhabitants’ associations of countries around the Mediterranean. The goal was to provide inhabitants with new instruments for gaining knowledge and mobilizing to support their claim to construct and enjoy the city. The IAI took part as an observer in the meeting of the coordinating committee of the Forum of Local Authorities, organized the seminar “Mediterranean Zero Evictions! Regional perspectives of the global campaign”, as well as acting as co-promoter for the seminar “People’s University of Social Movements and/or Knowledge Networks”.

Zero evictions in Mediterranean countries, too The international seminar “Mediterranean Zero Evictions!

  • Setting up a solidarity alert system in the Mediterranean area against violations of housing rights (web pages, appeals, etc.).
  • Swapping of experience of innovative practices among associations, movements and supportive local authorities.
  • Coordination with other similar initiatives on a regional and global level, in particular at Social Forums and the setting up of the World Urban Forum (Vancouver, 19-23 June 2006).
  • Sending petitions to the United Nations – each association responsible for its area of competence – in support of these proposals by means of fact-finding and reconciliation missions in the countries concerned, to respect Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights –ICESCR-, the strengthening of the Millennium Development Goals and demand for sanctions against countries which do not comply.
  • Promoting “World Zero Evictions Days” on the occasion of the UN World Habitat Day (the first week of October 2005).



  1. the dynamics of the WSF 2006 and the FLA 2006, after the meeting of the International Council of the WSF.
  2. the results of the meeting in Beijing of the World Federation of United Cities and the creation of the Commission for social inclusion.
  3. the results of negotiations for the consolidation of the technical office – under the direction of the FLA.
  4. definition of the FLA work-groups concerning the themes defined in the Porto Alegre work program.