On October 20th, the Global Platform for the Right to the City hosted the discussion “How to Implement the R2C?” at the Next City’s World Stage, with the participation of the audience and facilitated by Rodrigo Faria (Pólis Institute).
“The World Stage provided us with and opportunity to show the concrete possibilities of implementation of the Right to the City, discussing it from a diverse and rich range of ground experiences. It was important to hear the audience’s perspective, which brought to the table some crucial and very up-to-date issues that directly dialogue with the city as common good, such as discrimination, public spaces and cultural diversity, linkages between urban development and food security, and others” said Rodrigo Faria (Polis Institute, Brazil).
The First episode of the #SupportRight2City webseries campaign opened the World Stage debate - Check the video
"We're happy that the Right to the City is in the New Urban Agenda, but not the way we would like to. The City as a common good was cut off from the NUA. And that's because the Right to the City goes beyond conventional conceptions of human rights - it's not individual, but a collective right." Alison Brown (WIEGO)
"The concept of 'Smart Cities' was adopted by the elite that turned the Idea into a proposal of exclusion. We should inquire the real meaning of 'Beautiful Cities' 'Smart Cities' and 'Competitive Cities'." Sandeep Chachra (ActionAid, Índia)
"We see recyclers as urban superheroes. For instance, providing more than 50% of the raw material used by the recycling industry. Supporting recyclers is tackling 3 problems at a time: Inequality, poverty and the environmental problem". Luis Miguel Artieda (AVINA, Peru)
THE GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
The Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) emerged from the initiative of several organizations working from around the world to mobilize national and local governments, and international and regional organizations for a new development paradigm aiming at more inclusive and democratic cities. The GPR2C advocates for the recognition and adoption of the Right to the City in the implementation of public policies; therefore it participated, through its members, in different forums and events related to the Habitat III process to promote the Right to the City and to advocate for its adoption as the cornerstone of the New Urban Agenda.