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W. Sahara: Dutch Require Occupation Export Labeling
London — The Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), welcomed the new Dutch government`s decision not to consider the products originating in the Western Sahara as Moroccan products. The new Dutch government has reiterated the position of their predecessors: Products from Western Sahara cannot enter the EU market labelled as from Morocco. In
Source Sahara Press Service (18 March 2013)
UN Experts on Rights to Food & Adequate Housing
The Human Rights Council at a midday meeting today held a clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living. Introducing his report, Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on
Source Human Rights Council (04 March 2013)
Angola: Thousands Evicted in Luanda’s Cacuaco District
It adds insult to injury to first evict people with brute force, with no warning or time to prepare, and then imprison them when they are left homeless and destitute. The government should promptly ensure that the people evicted from Maiombe have access to shelter and are compensated for the
Source Leslie Lefkow, Human Rights Watch (26 February 2013)
NASA Detects Vast MENA Freshwater Losses
PASADENA, CA—A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.   Scientists at the University of California, Irvine; NASA`s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for
Source NASA (15 February 2013)
Food, Fuel, and the Global Land Grab
Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may be further economic disparities
Source Lester R. Brown (09 February 2013)
Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement & Aid
Source HIC-HLRN (08 February 2013)
CSOs Assert New Global Development Priorities
Upon expiration of the current Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the new “sustainable development goals” to be set at the international level were the subject of recent web-based consultations with global civil society conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). The consultation, which took place in December 2012 and
Source HIC-HLRN (01 February 2013)
Food Justice and Land Gabbing
In recent years, the large-scale acquisition of land traditionally used by local communities, a practice known as “land grabbing” has accelerated exponentially. The results have been insidious: record levels of hunger, displacement and environmental degradation. And in a time of economic uncertainty, investors, including governments, corporations and individuals, view farmland as
Source Sarika Mathur, United Methodist Women (07 December 2012)
Morocco: First in Africa in the Fight against Slums?
At a press conference on the presentation of the program of the international conference "Out of Slums: Global Challenge 2020", scheduled for November 26 to 29, 2012 in Rabat, the Moroccan Minister of Housing...Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, said that Morocco "is the first in Africa`s fight against slums." Benabdallah explained that the
Source North Africa News, NAU (24 November 2012)
UN Expert: “Fewer Housing Opportunities for the World’s Poor”
Statement by the Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, on World Habitat Day GENEVA (1st October 2012) – “Opportunities for whom?” asked the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, when assessing this year’s World Habitat Day theme ‘Changing cities, building opportunities.’ “The current ruling model of housing policies across the
Source UN News Centre (01 October 2012)


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