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The World Urban Forum opened today

The World Urban Forum opened today with a march thru downtown Rio by several hundred people that ended at the Port Zone where the UN Habitat hosted WUF is sited.

In the open floor discussion, members of the audience spoke of the necessity to acknowledge that evictions are not only about housing but the destruction of communities, that those affected must have the right to participate in discussions regarding their situations, that there is a need not only for rapid interventions by AGFE but also systematic follow ups, that we must address the causes of evictions not merely the symptoms. Someone observed the absence of government representatives in the audience and that we were talking to ourselves!