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Call for contributions to the next UN Report on the Right to Housing and COVID-19

The recently nominated UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Balakrishnan Rajagopal has launched a call for contributions to his next report to the UN General Assembly (October 2020) on “COVID-19 and the right to housing”. Local and regional governments are encouraged to send their contribution to this report, in order to showcase both… Read more »

Local authorities are already addressing housing-related challenges face to COVID-19: Live Learning Experience #BeyondTheOutbreak

Last 1st April, UCLG and the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights (CSIPDHR) co-organized alongside UN Habitat and Metropolis a new session of its Live Learning Experience on COVID-19 and local governments, focused this time on the links between the current health crisis and the housing crisis. The session gathered more than… Read more »

A new set of UN Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing has been presented by Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha presented last 5 March her last report to the Human Rights Council, containing a set of guidelines for the implementation of the right to housing. This report is the culmination of Rapporteur Farha’s 6 years’ mandate, which has been marked by her worldwide promotion… Read more »

Special Session on the Right to Housing in Asia held in the context of the WHRCF of Gwangju (South Korea)

Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights From 30 September to 2 October, the City of Gwangju became once more the beating heart of the global human rights cities movement after hosting the 9th edition of the World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF). In its 2019 edition, local government, civil society… Read more »

Fostering the alliance between local governments and civil society on community-led housing

Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights / UCLG-CSIPDHR From May 31 to June 3, the city of Geneva hosted the annual meeting of the “CoHabitat network”: A civil society initiative gathering community-led housing organizations and allies from across the world, who work, in its own words, to secure housing rights… Read more »

Urban 20 cities call on the G20 national governments to ensure adequate housing for all

Last 21-22 May, the largest cities of G20 countries – a group known as the Urban 20 (U20) – gathered in Tokyo to convey their joint position to the G20 in a form of a Communiqué. U20 cities urged national leaders of the world’s largest economies to support local governments in ensuring access of all… Read more »

Strengthening inhabitants’ participation in slum upgrading processes through urban story-telling (Medellín)

Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights / UCLG-CSIPDHR A representative from the Committee’s participated last March in a workshop held in Medellín on transmedia narratives and story-telling with a focus on slum upgrading. This workshop was held in the framework of the project “COiNVITE”, aimed at developing innovative learning methodologies… Read more »

Bologna: providing social housing and fighting evictions through solidarity and cooperativism

Bologna is a city of 390,000 inhabitants. As a campus city, it is home to around 35,000 students each year. Tourism is on the rise, and so is the number of touristic apartments in the historical city center. The need for social housing in Bologna currently affects no less than 6,000 people that are living… Read more »

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing publishes a new report on « The Right to Housing and Access to Justice »

On March 4, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Farha, presented to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council her latest report on “Access to justice as a means of realizing the right to housing” (A/HRC/40/61). The report argues that “the global housing crisis is rooted in a crisis in… Read more »

The “Fincas” Project, in Montevideo, turns abandoned properties into social uses

Montevideo presented on 14 March 2019 the “Fincas” project, which aims at recovering abandoned properties at the heart of the city to ensure their social function and put them at the service of the common good. Fincas is based on a consolidated cooperation scheme between Montevideo’s municipality, civil society, academia and the Uruguayan national government.… Read more »

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