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Sign the Petition for the Right to the City!

We need more voices from across the globe to make us heard: please sign now our Global Call and share #SupportRight2City to show to world leaders that we need REAL, STRONG and CONCRETE commitments from the New Urban Agenda. Make sure you are heard!

Message to Habitat III: it's a scandal the “New Urban Agenda” is ignoring the economic frames of the global housing crisis

Members of the “international working group for the promotion of market regulation and market alternatives at Habitat III” have sent a very critical message to the participants at third prepcom of Habitat III (Surabaya, 25-27 July 2016), pointing out that it is a really scandal that the draft of the “New Urban Agenda” still keeps totally silent about the development and crisis of globalized markets. To face evictions because the mortgage and housing crisis, the public and municipal debt and poverty as a consequence of structural adjustment programs, privatisation and austerity, it should be introduced the regulation of financial and property markets, especially the rent control, taxation of transactions and private insolvency.Those issue will instead be at the center of the People's Social Forum Resistance to Habitat III (Quito, 17-20 october 2016)

Global call: Securing land rights and safeguarding the earth

Up to 2.5 billion people depend on indigenous and community lands, which make up over 50 percent of the land on the planet; they legally own just one-fifth. The remaining five billion hectares remain unprotected and vulnerable to land grabs from more powerful entities like governments and corporations.

World Habitat Day 2015, Statement of the Global Platform for the Right to the City

In the context of the preparatory process towards the Habitat III and the parallel World Urban Social Forum (Quito, October 2016), we launch a strong call for the inclusion of the Right to the City as the cornerstone of the New Urban Agenda and of the responsibility of all the actors for its implementation.

Museo de los desplazados: el cine de ficción

Ficción Inmobiliaria  recopila material formado por películas de ficción donde las problemáticas asociadas a la cuestión de la vivienda aparecen en la trama principal o cruzadas con ésta. La ficción rara vez trata sobre lugares; en la ficción importa la historia. Pero si atendemos a la localización, sin dejar de prestar atención a la trama, podremos acceder a parte del conocimiento fílmico  almacenado en la imagen audiovisual. Analicemos ese residuo de conocimiento objetivo del contexto filmado:

What you need to know about the global refugee crisis

We are witnessing the largest and most rapid escalation ever in the number of people being forced from their homes. In 2014, an average of 42,500 people were displaced every day. Millions of people are fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as persecution in areas of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, creating the highest level of displacement since World War II. The world desperately needs to come up with better responses to this global crisis. Here are some of the population movements that IRIN has covered in the last year alone:

Towards Habitat III: do not disturb the operator?

The Global Platform for the Right to the City, made up of the most important international networks engaged on this topic, sent a letter on 26/05/15 proposing that the civil society collaborates to assist in the preparations for the United Nations Summit Habitat III (Quito, October 2016).Unfortunately, no response has been received to date, adding another fence to the ones that UN Habitat has already put up. This comes as no surprise, the proposal is based on human rights, an approach which would unsettle the UN Habitat as it is deeply rooted in neoliberal principles.Instead of waiting for someone to finally decide to respond, it would be better to resolutely focus on building the Alternative World Urban Social Forum at Habitat III.

Police Violence Against Homeless, Poor Persons, Housing & Homelessness Addressed At Global Review of U.S. Human Rights Record

Photo Credit: US Human Rights Network On Monday, May 11, the U.N. Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. for compliance with its human rights obligations as part of the U.S.’s second Universal Periodic Review raising concerns about the criminalization of homelessness and poverty as well as the lack of adequate housing in the U.S.

10 key trends in record year for internal displacement

Carrying whatever possessions they can, women arrive in a steady trickle at a camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) established next to a base of the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) near Jowhar. © Tobin Jones/UN Photo OXFORD, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - Those trying to escape conflict and violence often only make headlines when they cross an international border and become refugees, but the majority of people forced to flee their homes seek refuge within the borders of their own country. They are “internally displaced persons,” or IDPs. By the end of 2014 there were 38 million of them, more than twice the number of refugees. 

Evicted and abandoned: how the World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect the Poor

An estimated 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced in the past decade by projects funded by the World Bank. The bank has regularly failed to protect the poor and vulnerable people it claims to serve, a new 11-month ICIJ investigation  has revealed.