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Colombia: For Millions, Nowhere Left to Run
Forced off their ancestral land by right-wing paramilitaries, leftist guerillas and the army, more than a million people have arrived in Colombia's cities in search of jobs and housing, but are getting little help from the government, say United Nations officials and development activists working there.
The Urban Imperative: Urban outreach strategies for protected area agencies
The disconnections between cities and protected area systems are part of a bigger problem. What is needed first and foremost is an ecosystem approach to policy-making and policy implementation that recognizes the interdependence of cities and the larger environment.
Statement by the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing on World Habitat Day 2004.
The Special Rapporteur urges that the following four key concerns be taken into account: (1) the manifold violations of human rights, including housing and land rights, that characterize the urban landscape across the world today; (2) that unchecked urbanization has, in fact, been one of the engines of destruction of the lives and livelihoods of rural populations; (3) the urban bias that has driven development policies across the world and which, if left unchallenged, will lead to further lop-sided investment in urban areas at the expense of rural poverty alleviation; and (4) the viability of rural livelihoods, including those of small farmers, fisherfolk, and indigenous and tribal peoples, independent of processes of urbanization.
The State of Housing Rights. World Habitat Day 2004 in the Middle East/North Africa
Today, half the world's population lives in towns and cities. Of these, more than one billion people are in urban slums. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) No. 7 seeks substantial improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. During the next decade, however, we will have to add another 500 million to today’s one billion slum dwellers, meaning that the reality far outstrips the goal. In the Middle East, as elsewhere, many of the development challenges lie in the rural areas, where 37.5% of the population lives and where 70% of the region’s poverty is found. However, urbanization and urban migration are regional facts. The urban bias of governments and international development efforts are a major source of this pull factor.
Are the Cities “Engines of Rural Development”?
On Monday, October 4, the theme chosen by the UN to mark World Habitat Day 2004 is Cities - Engines of Rural Development. Looking at the world as it is now because of the unequal development model, we feel that the cities still are machines that suck in the rural population and its economic surplus. The good intentions expressed by the International Organizations are not sufficient to give solution to the social, economic, cultural and housing problems of nearly half the world’s population living in rural areas in increasing abandonment.
Invitation for the session on Women's Space in City Master Plan at India Social Forum
Constructing inclusive cities: women's proposals and actions
Committed Cities - Women’s Inclusive Practices and Good Urban Policies
Huairou Commission Events at WUF IV
Huairou Commission will be in China with a team of nearly 30 grassroots women leaders and representatives and is pleased that they are going to be active, together with its key partners, in a large number of events during this momentous WORLD URBAN FORUM 4 from November 3-6, 2008.
World Habitat Day 2008
6 October 2008: Angola will host global celebration of World Habitat Day.



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