UN-AGFE Convenor disagree with the UN-Habitat intention to award the Metropolitan City of Jakarta
To Farouk Tebbal Chief, Shelter Branch Global Division UN – HABITAT
To members of UN-Advisory Group on Forced Evictions
UN AGFE Convener
Dear Farouk, dear all
I express, my disagreement with the intention of UN Habitat to award the Metropolitan City of Jakarta for its achievement in "slums improving and building new infrastructure to create an inclusive, cosmopolitan city" . The UN AGFE has fully documented cases of forced evictions and threat of evictions in Jakarta that explain why the poor communities, as expressed in a recent letter by the Urban Poor Linkage (UPLINK), feel that this award is a humiliation to their effort to find means and ways to live in dignity and improve the security of tenure.
Kindly transmit my preoccupation to the E.D Anna Tibaijuka, as the UN AGFE Convener, to a decision that most probably is based on an insufficient level of comprehensive information on the Jakarta situation. I am confident that the positive commitment of UN Habitat and its E.D to finding positive solutions to face evictions and improve the security of tenure of the poor will prevail. Desisting from giving the award will be for sure a better way out.
UN AGFE Convener
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