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USA: New Rule to Make Residents Homeless
By :Carey L. Biron, City
13 August 2019
`We will become homeless`: U.S. residents fear housing rule change could force them out of homes. The rule change could make an entire household ineligible for social housing if a single member is undocumented, say experts.     WASHINGTON - Fears are mounting across the United States over a proposal by President Donald
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PHROC Rebukes Donor States over UNRWA Cuts
By :Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
04 August 2019
Palestinian Refugees must not suffer the consequences of alleged misconduct. Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) criticizes funding cuts to UNRWA over ethics evaluation.   PHROC: Support UNRWA and Ensure Refugee Rights under International Law   A ten-page report was issued by the ethics office of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
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Most South Africa Municipalities Don’t Deliver
02 July 2019
Most South African municipalities not delivering for citizens     If the South African public were ever in doubt at the reasons for service delivery protests in townships and municipalities, a closer look should be taken at the municipal audit report released by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu who expressed concern at the financial mismanagement
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India’s Unrelenting Forced-eviction Crisis
By :HLRN-India
09 April 2019
New report highlights the unrelenting crisis of forced evictions, finds over 200,000 persons evicted in India in 2018. Over 114 houses demolished every day, 23 people evicted every hour.     On the eve of India’s General Elections, Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) held a press conference in New Delhi today
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USA: Most Citizens in 3rd World Conditions
By :Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist
30 January 2019
A study by an MIT economist shows that the United States of America has regressed materially to a third-world nation for most of its citizens.     America divided: This concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, [U.S.] Americans
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UN Peasants’ Rights Declaration Adopted in GA
By :HLRN
20 November 2018
NEW YORK—The  UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) passed a draft that would have the Assembly adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas.  This vote assures that the Declaration will enter the next edition of Human Rights:
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USA: More HUD Tenants Now Living in Squalor
By :Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler, Hannah Rappleye and Stephanie Gosk. NBC News
15 November 2018
Under Ben Carson, more families live in HUD housing that fails health and safety inspections While HUD Secretary Ben Carson pledged to fix low-income housing, the number of properties cited for health and safety violations has been on the rise.     HARTFORD CT—The mold started in the basement. But it soon spread to
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Baltimore: 1st Major City to Ban Water Privatization
By :Rianna Eckel, Food & Water Watch
07 November 2018
We all need safe food and clean water.     BALTIMORE MD—Baltimore voters made history today by voting in favor of passing ballot question E, a city charter amendment that bans privatization of the city’s water and sewer systems. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to ban water privatization earlier this year. As
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UNHRC Adopts Peasant Rights Declaration
By :La Via Campesina
30 September 2018
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva     GENEVA—Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By :HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Belgium Supports UNRWA as USA Defunds
By :Haaretz
17 January 2018
Belgium has stepped in to help out the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million Wednesday a day after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization.   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Wednesday that "for a lot of
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Extreme Poverty Growing in USA
By :Premilla Nadasen, The Washington Post Perspective
21 December 2017
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?   “Finish all your food,” my mother used to tell me. “There’s a child in Africa who would love to have that food on your plate.” It was an effective disciplinary approach, especially
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India: What Exactly Is a Smart City?
By :Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Scroll-in
04 September 2017
What exactly is a smart city? The Indian government does not want you to know. It thwarted the Bureau of Indian Standards’ plan to fix clear criteria for defining a smart city, and came out with a fuzzy ‘Liveability Index’ instead.     Are the urban centres selected by the Union government
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By :HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By :Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By :HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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World Bank: Gaza Water Crisis, Irreversible Damage
By :Amira Haas, Haaretz
18 December 2016
The World Bank acknowledges there is a water crisis in the Gaza Strip, but it blames overpumping—not the Israeli occupation. For information of Israel’s preemptive pumping of Gaza’s aquifer, see Sustainable Management of the West Bank and Gaza Strip Aquifers (SUSMAQ) report المياه العابرة للحدود (2004) and map Land Times/أحوال
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Portugal: Statement by the SRs on Water& Housing
By :UN news
13 December 2016
As the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to adequate housing and the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, we address you today at the conclusion of our joint official visit to Portugal, which we undertook at the invitation of the Government from 5 to 13 December
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Brazil: Social Rights under Siege
By :CESR, CONECTAS and INESC
10 December 2016
Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next
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Public Payment for Royal Renovations Opposed
By :HIC-HLRN and Metro.uk
19 November 2016
Britain is experiencing a national crisis in housing and the National Health Service, while austerity is forcing cuts in many social services. Yesterday, the press announced a decision by the British prime minister and chancellor to pay an additional £369m from the public purse for a major 10-year refurbishment to
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Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
By :Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 October 2016
Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.     A large crowd gathers at the Urban Social Forum in Rio de Janeiro, which took place as an alternative to the World Urban Forum in March 2010. More such events are expected at next
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Chile: Heavy Price of Water Privatization
By :Daniel Gallagher, the Gaurdian
15 September 2016
When it comes to water, Chile is failing its citizens. In Santiago, the nation’s capital, millions of people are regularly left without running water for days at a time and experts are warning of water scarcity to come across the country astemperatures rise and glaciers retreat. “What we need is a transformation away from the private model
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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By :NAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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HIC Addresses Habitat III PrepCom3
By :HIC-HLRN
27 July 2016
The “New Urban Agenda,” from its inception, is inconsistent with historic agreements, today’s global priorities and the “world we need.” Particular interests have narrowed the Habitat Agenda to urban priorities, subordinated rural areas and ignored issues of forced migration, presuming that urbanization is “inevitable” and beyond human will or policy
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Brazil: Water Privatisation Imposed for Games
By :Corporate Europe Observatory
14 July 2016
Brazil’s new government imposes Rio water privatisation to pay for Olympic Games   A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country`s largest corporations, Brazil`s “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By :Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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India: Water to Flow Free for Urban Poor
By :Express News Service
25 May 2016
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the heat wave has staged a comeback, the Odisha Government on Tuesday waived water connection charges for BPL households in urban area in its bid to overcome drinking water woes. The move will mean water supply will now be provided free of cost to poor families across
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UN Housing Expert Urges India to Apply Rights
By :OHCHR
22 April 2016
UN expert on adequate housing says: "Right to housing vision needed to achieve equality for the poor in India."   NEW DELHI/GENEVA—The contrast between the vast numbers of pavement-dwellers and the rapid development of luxury real estate was brought into stark focus by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to
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U.S. Congress to World Bank: End Water PPPs
12 April 2016
Congresswoman wants to halt and investigate World Bank’s private water investments   The practice of the World Bank both advising countries on water and investing in private water companies presents a concerning conflict of interest, said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., in a letter addressed to World Bank head Jim Kim. In it,
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Paris: Voice of the Suburbs
By :Widad, Al Jazeera English
01 March 2016

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African New Habitat Agenda Priorities
By :Ahmed Mansour Ismail and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye
23 February 2016
HABITAT III Africa Regional Meeting “African Priorities for the New Urban Agenda” Land and African Sustainable Urbanization, side event organized by GLTN Abuja, Nigeria, 23 February 2016 Summary prepared by Ahmed Mansour Ismail (HIC-HLRN) and Dr. Daniel W. Ambaye (Institute of Land Administration)   Mr Ernest Aubee, ECOWAS (as moderator) introduced the panelists and further emphasized
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HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
By :HIC
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,
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COP21: Land & Water Convergence Speaks
By :Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
08 December 2015
Parallel to the climate conference in Paris, social movements and allies within the “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles” stand up for climate justice and real solutions to the climate crisis. This alliance of struggles has delivered its message to the COP21 currently meeting at Paris. Their statement follows.   The
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HIC Takes on COP21
By :HIC-HLRN
05 December 2015
HIC is participating in the current Conference of Parties, also known as COP21, which is gathering the 195 countries that have joined and ratified the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. In an effort address climate change, the states and organizations convened are
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Human Rights & Local Government Report
By :HIC-HLRN
18 September 2015
On 22 September 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva) will consider the final report of its Advisory Committee on the Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights. The report is the outcome of a two-year study on the subject by the Human Rights Council
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Vision Critical in City Planning
By :David Dodwell, South China Morning Post
09 September 2015
Cities: love them or hate them, they are likely to be the future for most of our children. Developed well, they can provide high quality of life and convenience – and huge environmental efficiencies. But developed poorly, they create a blight that will take decades to eradicate. Today, 55 per cent
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Libya: NATO Targeted Water Infrastructure
By :Nafeez Ahmed, Ecologist
14 May 2015
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country`s water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people
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The Right to the City: Jerusalem
By :Joseph Schechla
26 October 2014
HIC-HLRN has produced a new report from an ongoing study on the prospects of realizing the principles of the “right to the city” for specific cities in several regions.   This report finds that applying the "right to the city" in Jerusalem challenges the current governance grounded in discrimination against, and dispossession of
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Documents (116)

Document Title

Publication Date

Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

06 September 2019

Revue Nationale Volontaire sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable en Mauritanie

13 July 2019

Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

17 January 2019

Transmission letter to Israel’s Implementation of Covenant Rights and Obligations Related to Habitat

17 January 2019

HIC’s role in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty: Representing the Urban Constituency

02 July 2018

الحق في المدينة في بيروت الكبرى: تقييم السياق في ضوء أزمة اللاجئين والنازحين

23 April 2018

إعلان دبي بشأن حوكمة الأراضي في الدول العربية

26 February 2018

ميثاق الحق في المدينة: بيروت الكبرى

17 November 2017

Right to the City Charter in Greater Beirut

17 November 2017

Final Report of the Sixth Session of the Land Forum in MENA

30 October 2017

التقرير النهائي للدورة السادسة لمنتدى الأرض لإقليم الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

30 October 2017

Land Forum VI program

25 October 2017

SDG 6

18 July 2017

Human Rights Habitat Observatory

10 July 2017

“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs

10 July 2017

Gains and Losses of Habitat III

09 July 2017

General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities

23 June 2017

Right to the city: the human rights framework

14 June 2017

Right to the city: the human rights framework

14 June 2017

Right to the city: Concepts & local level application

14 June 2017

Right to the city: Concepts & local level application

14 June 2017

Adequate Residency challenges and local government practices

14 June 2017

المياه في المنطقة العربية ... من الملك العام للخصخصة

23 January 2017

Housing for All? Evictions in India, 2015–16

22 December 2016

ملاحظات تمهيدية، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

الحكومات المحلية والمجتمعات المستضيفة تجاه أزمة اللاجئين، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

نماذج عملية للحق في المدينة، الملجأ في المدينة، بيروت

21 December 2016

The Right to the City: Concepts & Principles of Human rights (Arabic)

20 December 2016

The Right to the City: History & Experiences (Arabic)

20 December 2016

The Role of Municipalities and Local Practices (Arabic)

20 December 2016

دور المجتمع المدني وتطبيق الميثاق في لبنان

20 December 2016

Human Rights Framework and application of the chart in Lebanon (Arabic)

20 December 2016

UN Special Rapporteurs joint communication to Permanent Mission of Turkey

21 September 2016

Alternativas desde la sociedad civil hacia Hábitat III,

12 August 2016

Draft "New Urban Agenda" of 28 July 2016

28 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Persons with Disabilities

21 July 2016

Habitat II Commitments on Land

21 July 2016

Restoring Human Rights and Habitat to the Habitat III Process and New Habitat Agenda

19 July 2016

The Role of Local Government in Addressing the Impact of Syrian Refugees: Jordan Case Study

03 June 2016

Growing Stress on Jordan by Council on Foreign Relations

17 March 2016

Comentarios de HIC a los Documentos Marco sobre Políticas de Hábitat III (resumen)

31 January 2016

تقرير الوضع العا لمحافظة تعز ديسمبر 2015

19 January 2016

اتفاق باريس، FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1

12 December 2015

"Building Climate-resilient Societies," HIC statement to COP21

04 December 2015

"Key Issues and Recommendations," Housing in the City We Need UTC

18 November 2015

Nothing about Us, without Us, Is for Us!

26 October 2015

تحويل عالمنا: خطة التنمية المستدامة لعام ٢٠٣٠، A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

21 October 2015

Cadre d’action pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition lors des crises prolongées (CSA-CDA)

15 October 2015

Marco de Acción para la Seguridad Alimentaria y la Nutrición durante Crisis Prolongadas (marco de acción del CSA)

15 October 2015

منهجية لتقارير قطرية للموئل الثالث (مدمجة)

21 September 2015

HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy

27 August 2015

“The role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights,” A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

Rôle des administrations locales dans la promotion et la protection des droits de l’homme, A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

دور الحكومة المحلية في تعزيز وحماية حقوق الإنسان - التقرير النهائي للجنة الاستشارية لمجلس حقوق الإنسان، A/HRC/30/49

07 August 2015

HIC Comments on Habitat III Issue Papers

31 July 2015

دليل للحق في المدينة

21 July 2015

Guide on the Right to the City

21 July 2015

National Habitat III Parallel-reporting Tool

20 July 2015

Human Rights Obligations of Local Government

20 July 2015

HIC Comments to the HRC-AC Local government and human rights draft report

15 June 2015

المجموعة الكاملة لتعليقات آلية المجتمع المدني على إطار عمل لجنة الأمن الغذائي العالمي

24 April 2015

Principios Básicos de Habitat III

16 April 2015

أساسيات الموئل الثالث

16 April 2015

Habitat II Evaluation Criteria

03 March 2015

Vienna, Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle

19 December 2014

Vienna, “Menschenrechte in der Stadt: Eine Stadt für Alle (English version)

19 December 2014

HIC response to HRC-AC Local government and human rights questionnaire

15 November 2014

The Right to the City: Cairo

03 November 2014

The Right to the City: Jerusalem

26 October 2014

Counting the Cost of Forced Eviction: Kenya

14 August 2014

إعلان مسقط الوزاري حول المعاهدة الدولية بشأن الموارد الوراثية النباتية للأغذية والزراعة

21 September 2013

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (Korean Language)

21 May 2012

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (English version)

21 May 2012

Prequantification Analysis Summary: Muthalath Maspero, Cairo

11 February 2012

Violence in Lathor Village, Balangir District

24 January 2012

Sanctuary in the city_ Urban displacement and vulnerability in Damascus A desk study

15 December 2011

The Cruel Side of Delhi`s Beautification: Illegal Demolition in Baljeet Nagar

30 June 2011

Report of SR related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation Mission to Egypt July 2010

05 July 2010

مبادئ توجيهيـة بشأن الوثائق المتعلقة بمعاهدة محددة التي ينبغي أن تقدمها الدول الأطراف

24 March 2009

Guidelines on Treaty-Specific Documents to be Submitted by States Parties, E/C.12/2008/2

24 March 2009

Urban policies and the right to the city: Rights Responsibilities and Citizenship

16 March 2009

“De Vancouver 1976 a Vancouver 2006: Una revisión critica desde la perspectiva no gubernamental”

01 October 2008

The challenges of the democratic management in Brazil: The right to the city

17 September 2008

Report on Indicators for Monitoring Compliance with International Human Rights Instruments, HRI/MC/2008/3

06 June 2008

Principios Básicos y Directrices sobre los Desalojos y el Desplazamiento Generados por el Desarrollo, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

Principes de base et directives sur les expulsions forcées et les déplacements liés au développement, A/HRC/4/18

26 August 2007

إدارة المياه العابرة للحدود

15 June 2006

The European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life

16 May 2006

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (Arabic version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (English version)

20 June 2005

Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (French version)

20 June 2005

Institutionalized Discrimination against Palestinians in Lebanon

01 March 2004

Rebuilding from the Ruins, Listening to the Voices from Gujarat and Restoring People`s Rights to Housing, Livelihood and Life, A Report on Ethnic Conflict in Gujarat, India

30 January 2003

التعليق العام رقم 15، الحق في الماء

20 January 2003

General Comment No. 15 (2002), The right to water

20 January 2003

Lessons in Privatization: Considerations for Arab States

01 January 2002

Arab Declaration on Sustainable Development

24 October 2001

El Estatuto da la Ciudad (Lei nº 10.257/01) las directrices generales de la política urb

10 July 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

11 June 2001

Declaración sobre las ciudades y otros asentamientos humanos en el nuevo milenio, S-25/2

09 June 2001

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1

05 September 2000

European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City

18 May 2000

A Doutrina da Função Social da Propriedade

01 March 2000

Gender and the Habitat Agenda: Engendering Our Human Settlements

01 April 1999

“Women’s access, control and tenure of land, property and settlement”

25 July 1998

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements and the Habitat Agenda, A/CONF.165/14

14 June 1996

Declaración de Estambul sobre los Asentamientos Humanos y Programa de Hábitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

La Déclaration d`Istanbul sur les etablissements humains et le Programme pour l`habitat, A/CONF.65/14

14 June 1996

إعلان استمبول وجدول أعمال المستوطنات البشرية

14 April 1996

Constructing a New Social Alternative

03 February 1996

The Jerusalem Declaration (darf Charter of the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement)

29 May 1995

NGO Treaty on Urbanisation. Towards Just Democratic and Sustainable Cities, Towns and Villages

16 June 1992

Declaración de Vancouver

11 June 1976

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