The approval of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), as a result of the Habitat III Conference (Quito, 2016), certainly represents an advance for the recognition of the right to the city by international organizations and countries. But this step alone is not enough to overcome the challenges that historically impose on the agenda of the […]
The Global Platform for the Right to the City has been awarded specific funding by the Ford Foundation to implement a planning process during 2017. This process allows for an in-depth evaluation of our past achievements while giving us space to debate what should be our next steps.
(Español) En el marco de la discusión que sobre los contenidos de la Nueva Constitución para Chile que se abrió durante el otoño de 2016, nos pareció oportuno, y también necesario, impulsar el debate ciudadano sobre cómo queremos que sean nuestras ciudades en el futuro.
Sao Paulo was the first stop of a global planning process that the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) is implementing in 2017. More than 32 participants from 20 different member organizations participated in the meeting, which focused on an evaluation of the Platform’s work during the last years, and the concept of the Right to the City and the Platform’s organizational nature.
Despite the creation of a citizen council in each popular district and the obligation to “co-produce the urban project”, the second urban project in La Villeneuve (Grenoble, France) is still promoting a top-down approach and plans the demolition of one hundred social housing units. A strategic alliance between grassroot movements and international networks has proven to be effective to denounce the current state of affairs.
In January 2017, YUVA (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action) conducted a 10 day course for 19 youth from marginalised settlements in Mumbai, India. The course ‘Youth and Inclusive Cities’ brought together youth who have engaged with issues in their communities to bring about change at the local level. They engaged on global agendas on sustainability, inclusivity and rights through education on concepts and examples of movements towards realising them.
The Social Production of Habitat Platform, in collaboration with the Global Platform for the Right to the City, seeks to create active solidarity links between inhabitant groups and to facilitate exchanges between communities, as well as to increase the visibility of public policies and public support to community-driven urban development. The first edition of its coordination meeting took place on March 1-4, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
(Español) Ciscsa / Red Mujer y Hábitat, Femges (UNC) y otras instituciones de la Articulación Feminista Mercosur organizaron el Seminario-Taller “Mujeres y ciudad: (in) justicias territoriales” en la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. Más de 100 grupos estuvieron presentes y se comprometieron a crear una red de género para la incidencia en las políticas de hábitat, para garantizar los derechos de las mujeres y la diversidad de identidades sociales.