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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Abdel Sadi, Mairie de Bobigny, présente la Déclaration du FAL à l'Assemblée Mondiale des Habitants The 9th World Assembly of the Forum of Local Authorities, taking place in Dakar (Senegal) on February 8, 2011, fully supports and shows its solidarity with World Assembly of Inhabitants of February 10 in Dakar. We are committed to carrying out joint measures with inhabitants organizations to declare our territories “anti-eviction zones” and to organize chains of solidarity to ensure that this declaration is actually acted upon.
Les maires de Seine-Saint-Denis ont demandé au préfet le moratoire des expulsions A la reprise des expulsions locatives en France, les 7 maires de Seine-Saint-Denis déposeront des arrêtés anti-expulsions locatives avec la conviction que cette bataille politique peut être gagnée sur la base du droit. Total soutien des associations et de l'Alliance Internationale des Habitants.
Mexico, Final declaration of the 10th conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy
We, the participants at the present Conference, representatives from eight different countries, meeting here in Mexico City on the occasion of the 10th Conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy for the purpose of reflecting on the global crisis and the search for alternatives at a local level: