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Strasbourg: Affordable housing, a challenge for European cities and metropolises

Co-organised by the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, the Social Union for Housing and Housing Europe, the seminar “Affordable housing: a challenge for European cities and metropolises” brought together European housing stakeholders at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 17-18 January 2019. Six months before the European elections, the seminar and the exchanges it hosted… Read more »

Seoul’s quest to bring human rights closer to citizens’ lives: Interview with the Human Rights Department of Seoul

Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights / UCLG-CSIPDHR Almost seven years after the creation of its Human Rights Department, Seoul (9.8 million inhabitants) has managed to consolidate a pioneer municipal human rights system. After a successful implementation of its first “Human Rights Policy Master Plan” (2013 – 2017), South Korea’s… Read more »

In Vienna, European cities call on the EU to ensure powers and resources for social housing

On 4-5 December, the City of Vienna hosted the “Housing for All” Conference, a forum to present a European Action Plan to implement concrete policies for the right to housing. The gathering also kicked-off a campaign by European cities to put housing high on the agenda of the upcoming European election. Vienna, Barcelona and Lisbon, as promoters… Read more »

The Community of Practice on Housing meets in Madrid to define a joint strategy

Signatories of the Declaration of Cities for Adequate Housing met in Madrid last 7 November to discuss the way forward in their joint quest for the right to housing. Barcelona, Mexico City, Montevideo, Plaine Commune, Seoul, Strasbourg, Taipei, and Terrassa took part in the first meeting of the Community of Practice on Housing. Participants agreed… Read more »

Social production of habitat: Promoting new partnerships on housing between public administrations and local inhabitants?

(Source: UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights / UCLG-CSIPDHR) Last June 11 and 12 June, Urbamonde held in Geneva a meeting of civil society organizations working on the “social production of habitat”. That is the case of initiatives such as Slum Dwellers International, the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, FUNDASAL or… Read more »

Right to Housing and Right to the City: Cities and regions from across the world come together to launch a common message

Last Sunday, 15 July, UCLG and its Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights co-organized a special session on the Right to Housing as a preview of the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum held in parallel to the High Level Political Forum (New York, 15-18 July), in partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur… Read more »

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