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Implementing the Right to the City
So how do we implement the ‘right to the city’, anyway? Many were surprised last month when negotiations on the New Urban Agenda kept the term in the final document. Now, efforts have been made at this week’s Habitat III conference to try to explain what this means on the
Source Emilio Godoy, Citiscope (20 October 2016)
 
Alternative Forums outside of Habitat III
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
Source Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope (14 October 2016)
 
UN: E. Aleppo `Totally Destroyed` by 2017
Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the thousands of civilians trapped could die   The United Nations envoy to Syria warned Thursday that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could undergo “total” destruction by the end of the year.   Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters that thousands of lives could be lost,
Source Julia Zorthian, Time (06 October 2016)
 
UN Report on DPs and Refugees in Africa
Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/134 on assistance to refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa. It updates information contained in the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the Assembly at its seventieth session (A/70/337) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30
Source Relifeweb (26 September 2016)
 
Murder and Eviction: New Era of Global Land Rush
Millions of people face being displaced from their homes as new data shows land sales covering an area the size of Germany are now under contract, warns Oxfam. Seventy-five percent of the more than 1500 land deals sought over the last sixteen years now have contracts and their intended projects are getting
Source Oxfam international (26 September 2016)
 
Calais/Dunkirk Refugee Eviction Risks
Calais and Dunkirk: Demolition and forced evictions from refugee camps will make things worse    “They seem to believe if they make the Calais jungle ‘disappear’ this will all go away. They do not have the means to compensate for the destruction of ten thousand homes—there isn’t nearly enough alternative accommodation.”   Breakthrough research,
Source Harriet King, IPF (15 September 2016)
 
ICC to Pursue Land Grabs as Series Crimes
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has declared that it would start treating cases involving the illegal exploitation of natural resources, misuse and illegal dispossession of lands and environmental destruction as serious crimes.   The Hague-based Court made the announcement in a policy document released today by the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Source HIC-HLRN (15 September 2016)
 
Queer Declaration, Right to the City & Habitat 3
The final document called the New Urban Agenda will be adopted by heads of state at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. www.habitat3.org   The Queer Declaration came out of a consultation of queers and allies in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, the site of the original Habitat
Source Vancouver Queer Consultation Group (07 September 2016)
 
Al-Mahdi Pleads Guilty for Timbuktu Ruin
Al-Mahdi pleads guilty and apologizes for destruction in Mali’s Timbuktu   The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Ahmad al-Mahdi for attacks on religious and historical structures during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu opened today in The Hague. Al-Mahdi, a suspected Islamist, pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his
Source ICC (22 August 2016)
 
Habitat III: UN-Habitat Future Debated
UN-Cities? Rumoured proposal gains steam   SURABAYA, Indonesia—The perennial tug-of-war between rich and developing countries at the United Nations has found another flashpoint: the debate over the future of UN-Habitat. The Nairobi-based agency deals with housing as well as towns and cities big and small — collectively, “human settlements” — with the
Source Gregg Scruggs, Citiscope (18 August 2016)
 


   
 


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