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Indigenous Rights Key to Saving Forests
  Indigenous rights are key to preserving forests, climate change study finds. Leaving forests in communal hands cuts carbon emissions from deforestation, helps communities and offers long-term economic benefits: “Everyone wins.”     RIO DE JANEIRO—The world’s indigenous communities need to be given a bigger role in climate stabilisation, according to a new study
Source Jonathan Watts, The Guardian (02 November 2016)
Our Precious Urban Lives
SYDNEY, Australia—Down the hill from my house, there is an old building with a saw-toothed roof that once warehoused trams, back when the bay was heavy with industrial waste and working-class people could afford to buy a home this close to the city and harbor of Sydney.   Now that building has
Source Lisa Pryor, The New York Times (29 October 2016)
Turkey: Co-mayors of Diyarbakır Arrested
Diyarbakır, Turkey—The two co-mayors of Diyarbakir, a Kurdish-majority city in southeast Turkey, have been arrested as part of a "terrorism" enquiry, security officials reported to the press on Tuesday, 26 October 2016. The two are accused of making speeches in support of the PKK and of greater political autonomy for
Source HIC-HLRN and agencies (26 October 2016)
After Habitat III, What’s Next?
Official and unofficial mechanisms are quickly falling into place to follow and prod implementation of the New Urban Agenda.     Habitat III participants walk past wall displays of text from the New Urban Agenda. Quito, 18 October. (Habitat III Secretariat) QUITO—After four intense days of the United Nations’ Habitat III conference on the
Source Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope (21 October 2016)
HIC`s Habitat III Statement
On 16 October 2016, the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) General Assembly met and finalized the collective declaration on the Habitat III process and the so-called “New Urban Agenda” outcome document. Below is the full text of HIC’s written Habitat III Statement with a link to HIC’s oral statement delivered to
Source HIC (20 October 2016)
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)


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