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UN-Habitat Recognizes Huairou Commission and Importance of Grassroots Women in Development

l-r: Mr. Shaun Donovan, Ms. Jan Peterson and Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occassion of World Habitat day 2009 UN-HABITAT has signed a milestone agreement with the Huairou Commission to strengthen the involvement of grassroots women in projects and programmes for better housing and sustainable urban development. The agreement signed Monday on World Habitat Day strengthens areas of existing work, and also ventures into newer areas, such as information technology.

Blog da Raquel Rolnik

Raquel Rolnik é urbanista, professora da Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo e relatora especial da Organização das Nações Unidas para o direito à moradia adequada. Visite e comente!

Amnesty International Report 2009

IT’S NOT JUST THE ECONOMY, IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS ...Skyrocketing food prices are leading to more hunger and disease, forced evictions and foreclosures to more homelessness and destitutionIrene Khan, secretary general Amnesty International

Dignity International: Enter the Campaign Identity Contest

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (India), the Four Slum Regional Network (Thailand), the Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN), Ekta Parishad (India), Union National dos Moradias Popular (Brazil), the European Anti Poverty Network, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, and Dignity International are preparing to launch a campaign on “Dignity for All” in October 2009. The Campaign will focus on pushing governments to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of people in urban and rural areas whose realities are currently being ignored by the state. These are people, families and communities that are either not taken into account by public policy or deliberately under attack by state or non state actors with the support of the state. This contest is for a campaign name and/or logo. The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate. Deadline for entries: 12/06/2009

Report of the Special rapporteur on adequate housing and the global crisis

The present report is the first one presented to the Human Rights Council by the new mandate holder, Raquel Rolnik, who took up her position on 1 May 2008. In view of the current crisis in the housing and financial sector, the Special Rapporteur decided to devote this thematic report to the consequences of certain economic, financial and housing policies and approaches that have seriously impacted the right to adequate housing in the past decades and have contributed to the present crisis.

The Size of Derivatives Bubble = $190K Per Person on Planet

By Tom Foremski - October 16, 2008 The Invisible One Quadrillion Dollar Equation -- Asymmetric Leverage and Systemic Risk

Australia: Homeless World Cup - More Than Football

MELBOURNE, Dec 4 (IPS) - While the action has been fast and furious among the 56 teams competing in the 2008 Homeless World Cup -- a football tournament in which homeless and marginalised people from around the world represent their respective nations -- the problems associated with homelessness are never too far away.By Stephen de Tarczynski

COHRE announces its 2008 Housing Rights Awards

IOC, Israel and Italy censured; Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly and housing rights activists commended The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) today announced the winners of its annual Housing Rights Awards for 2008. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Governments of Israel and Italy received Housing Rights Violator Awards for their demonstrated failure to protect and implement housing rights. The Constitutional Assembly of Ecuador was presented with 2008’s Housing Rights Protector Award for its role in making Ecuador the first country in the world to explicitly recognise in its Constitution a range of key housing and habitat-related rights. Ms Pia Ndayiragije of Burundi, Mr Ken Fernandes of Australia and the Chicago, USA-based Coalition to Protect Public Housing each received a 2008 Housing Rights Defender Award in recognition of their outstanding commitments to the defence of housing rights.

World Social Forum of Migrations

Today as we commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the twenty years since the deaths along the Gilbralter began, 35 years of the military strike against the democratic president, Salvador Allende, while this same legitimacy is gravely threatened in Bolivia and requests our consciousness and solidarity, and as we celebrate the 60th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we, men and women, who form a part of more than two thousand social movements and organizations from 90 countries around the planet, united in Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain), from September 11th to the 14th, are joined by the slogan OUR VOICES, OUR RIGHTS, FOR A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS

NGO Coalition Welcomes Historic Decision

Press Release, 18 June 2008 The United Nations Human Rights Council today approved by consensus an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The momentous decision today by the Human Rights Council brings one step closer the possibility of an international remedy mechanism for violations of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).