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The Madrid Declaration
... we call and support the convocation of a World Assembly of Inhabitants for 2011 ...
The drastic situation in the world’s cities:
• The reigning neo-liberal globalization, based on exclusion and social inequality, is the reason for more and more infringements on the right to housing, leaving more than a billion people homeless, or living in disastrous conditions, threatened with eviction, discriminated against by war and victimized by catastrophe, because they are migrants, women, poor, or marginalized people such as the Dalits, the Roms, and the native peoples;
• The UN-Habitat predicts that by 2020, the number of people living under these conditions will have increased by 70%, or more than 1,7 billion worldwide, while urban policies continue to favor the interests of real estate property rather than the interests of the majority, and the governments of poor countries go on paying foreign debts as demanded by the World Bank and the IMF. Therefore, target n.7 of the Millennium Development Goals n. 11 established by the United Nations, which established the improvement of living conditions for 100 million people by 2020, will prove impossible and feckless.
That social maturity is now a reality and that the time has come to make heard the voice, the experience and the policy of the new inhabitants, organized
at g-local level:
For these reasons
we call for and support the organization of a World Assembly of Inhabitants for 2011.
We recognize its basis in the Charter of Principles of the WSF and the Charter of San Salvador, in the World Assembly of Inhabitants (Mexico, October 2000) and in the World Assembly of Citizens for a solidarity and Responsible World (Lille, October 2001), among others; we base this proposal on the Call to unite the urban social movements, supported by more than 350 organizations in over 40 countries on all continents.
We appeal to all organizations and networks of inhabitants, all cooperatives, tenants unions, community centers, native peoples and committees for the right to housing in all countries, to jointly organize this initiative on all levels (local, regional, national, and global) with the following goals in mind:
coordinate our efforts against neo-liberal globalization in order to be able to build together another possible world and other possible cities!
We suggest that you all use the www.habitants.org
website and other web resources to communicate and systematize, widely and efficiently each step.
Madrid, June 2
Vincenzo Simoni (Unione Inquilini), Pedro Franco (Club Habitat), Bartiria Costa da Lima (CONAM), Cristina Almazán (UCISV-Ver), Guillermo Ródriguez Curiel (UCISV-Ver), Cristina Lescano (El Ceibo), Yves Cabannes (DPU), Paul Maquet Maquedonski (CENCA), Cristina Reynals (FEDEVI), Alessio Surian (UPU), Gabriele Francescotto (OPENCONTENT), Maria Cuenca (COPEVI)