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CSD 13: The Slums must help themselves
Expectations that CSD 13 would correct the almost total failure of the Johannesburg-Summit regarding settlements and local development were bitterly disappointed. CSD 13 again failed to deal with the problems of the cities in the north or the east (environment, traffic, financial, social) as well as with the urban consequences of economic globalisation, privatisation, sub-urbanization, population changes.
Universal Rights to Housing a Must
The Secretary General’s Report on Human Settlements represents a good first step in addressing the immense challenges of achieving sustainable development in this field. However, we are disappointed that key points in the statement delivered during CSD-12 by the Human Settlements Caucus are not reflected in the implementation agenda proposed by the General Secretary (herein called the “Draft Report”). Today, we reiterate a few of these missing themes and urge the Secretary to include them in his Summary Report on this week’s IPM session.
Note on Human Settlements before CSD 13
Three key challenges are raised by AG Habitat: keeping CSD 13 fundamentally dedicated to the integrated implementation of all international targets related to human settlements; address all obstacles and prioritise action not only at some local levels but towards the global frames of development and lead to some real international commitments regarding solutions and follow ups at international and national levels.
Sustainable Urbanisation and Social Economy
Sustainability-orientated management of urbanization-processes in its various forms (all types of human settlements and all types of changes in spatial development) is a basic challenge in the field of human settlements. A fast improvement of coordinated target-driven action at local, regional, national and international levels is needed in order to meet this challenge and to overcome its obstacles.
Social Regularization and Upgrading of Slums
Security of tenure should focus on legal regularizations which keep and strengthen social control of urban land use. Legalization of irregular settlements and security of tenure should not be reduced to private property and titling, but - depending on the local conditions – should use various options to secure social tenure.
Translate Rights into Action
Orientation on the recognition, realization and defense of local dwellers’ human rights within all strategies towards human settlements development is a basic pre-requisite in order to avoid or overcome social exclusion and poverty. Promoting rights mobilizes peo-ple to work on their own solutions, builds capacities for responsible and democratic re-forms and allows duty holders to work on sustainable responses to basic needs. Instead of treating people as a problem human settlement policies must reaffirm people as key to solve the problems.
Privatising human rights: the impact of globalisation on access to adequate housing, water and sanitation
While the debate continues at the international level on whether or not globalisation can bring benefits to the world’s poor, the fact remains that the deepening inequalities of income and opportunity between and within nations has led to an increase in the number of people without adequate and secure housing. The impact of globalisation on access to adequate housing, water and sanitation.
The water crisis
One and a half billion people across the world lack drinking water and another two billion lack clean water generally.
For the Social Control of Urban Land Use
Land consumption by urban expansion and traffic facilities is one of the main reasons of environmental degradation worldwide.
Botswana's bushmen battle for land
The bushmen, of Botswana's Kalahari are a people living in a place, and perhaps a time, that is no longer their own.



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