Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
Advancing the Right to the City
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Maria Silvia Emanuelli (HIC-Latin America), Joseph Schechla (HIC-Housing and Land Rights Network), Nelson Saule Junior (Polis), and Liz Theoharis (Kairos, Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice & The Poverty Initiative) discussed the importance of human rights to Habitat III discussions, the value of the right to the city framework, and initial demands related to the UN process.

Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and Instituto Pólis, together with other ESCR-Net Members, organized several events and interventions to advance human rights and the right to the city framework in relation to the first Preparatory Committee for UN Habitat III.

HIC and Polis have been organizing a series of strategic discussions with a wide range of allies and fellow ESCR-Net Members, including CELS, Hakijamii, SERI, and Abahlali base Mjondolo, to advance a common platform related to the right to the city. The platform will be launched and discussed at the International Meeting on the Right to the City, on 12, 13 and 14 November in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The following video highlight their positions regarding the Right to the City:

HIC has already produced a number of advocacy documents in relation to Habitat III. Theycirculated two documents for input and endorsement at the event: Civil Society Statementfor International Housing and Land Rights Day on Preparations for the Habitat III Conference and Strengthening a Global Platform for the Inclusion of the Right to the City in the Urban and Habitat Agenda.

Habitat III will be the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and take place in 2016. As part of the process, the United Nations General Assembly decided to establish a Preparatory Committee (PrepCom), to carry out consultations and preparations for the conference open to all State Members of the United Nations. The first PrepCom took place from 17-18 September 2014, United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA; PrepCom2 will likely occur in April 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Thematic focus:

Urban issues

Featured Attachments:

Proposal HABITAT III_ENG.pdf

Right to the city platform.doc


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