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Urban Poor Program
Agreement on what to do with the 19,000 urban poor families living illegally on the campus of the University of Philippines
Adverse Possession: How People Squat
Squats often take the form of community centers, as squats are often the result of community action. That article also explores the artificial concept of land ownership in detail, challenging the right of the few to take the land from the many, as well observing how violence is necessary to keep those lands from the masses.
Hundreds of thousands of unemployed tenants under pressure
The heavy debates on the introduction of the new law for the “support” of unemployed continues. Last December parliaments decided to cut the support for long-term employees and put it together with the social welfare.
Maximum profits through mass-sells out of rental homes
In 2003 the Viterra AG, the biggest German landlord, improved its profits by 17,2 % to 289,8 Mio. Euro. Main reason was the sell of over 11.000 flats for industrial workers in the Ruhr district.
Human Settlements Caucus Statement
The NGO signatories to this statement, representing civil society organizations working at community levels around the world, have committed to support the recommendations of Agenda 21 (1992), HABITAT II (1996), and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation
HIC on Wold Habitat Day 2004: Cities Engines of Rural Development
For the international organisations during the past 30 years, the topic of the city has moved from being completely abandoned to being seen as the only engine of development. Change came about along with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Indeed, in 1996, the United Nations II Conference on Human Settlements was renamed the Summit of the Cities, relegating the problem of rural habitat, where a half the world’s population live in increasing eviction.
Local Actions Planned on Six Continents in October 2004
Decrying the growing gap between the Millenium Development Goals declared by the United Nations and the realities of war, forced evictions and spiraling slum growth experienced by the 1.2 billion slum dwellers and more than 100 million who are homeless, the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) today announced coordinated local actions for a “Right to Land and Housing Now” throughout October to protest the destructive impacts of neo-liberal development policies such as budget cuts, land speculation and privatization of social housing and utilities on people’s housing and land rights across the planet.
China to Reform Real Estate Tax to Slash Housing Prices
China is considering imposing a unified real estate tax, which experts say will help slash presentsky-high housing prices by as much as 50 percent
Human Rights and the Environment
Governments' Obligations and Commitments to Ensuring the Human Right to a Safe and Healthy Environment
Communication from the European section of HIC
Habitat International Coalition has played an active role in the Habitat II Conference as well as in the simultaneous NGO Forum. Several of its suggested amendments were incorporated in the Habitat Agenda. As a follow-up to the Conference, the European Section of HIC has, among other things, made an inquiry into and organized a conference on The Role of Popular Movements in the Renewal of Historic City Centers, taken the initiative for an expert meeting on Monitoring the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda and the Use of Indicators and made an inquiry among European NGOs/CBOs about the implementation of the Habitat Agenda.

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