|HIC: Polycentric WSF – Electoral processes – HIC at WUF 3
World Social Forum 2006
Elections of Board representatives
HIC at the 3rd World Urban Forum
Activities in Europe
Exchanges Latin America – Asia: Arpilleras Project
|World Social Forum 2006
The WSF is a meeting space for social organizations and movements in which HIC promotes the debate on city, housing and land rights as well as exchange of experiences on housing the poor. The first phase of the Polycentric Social Forum took place in Bamako, Mali, and in Caracas, Venezuela. The WSF of Asia is foreseen for March 24 to 29 in Karachi, Pakistan. The WSF will have an additional event in 2006: a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 21 and 22. (More information: www.forumsocialmundial.org.br)
According to organizers, the WSF had over 110,000 representatives and observers who participated in more than 2,500 self-organized activities. Over fifty HIC members were engaged in round tables and workshops dealing with the fulfilment of the human right to live in a place in peace and dignity.
In Caracas, the main activities were:
Urban Reform and the Right to the City: current
challenges for democracy and social integration. Debate
of tools and platforms for action among social organizations
and movements against neoliberalism around the world,
highlighting experiences against forced evictions and
public and communitarian management of water, in opposition
to its mercantilisation.
Fight Privatisation of Housing, Land and Water:
exchanges of common struggles and identification of transnational
companies interests' in the rural and urban areas.
Building inclusive cities: women's proposals
and actions, organized by the Women and Shelter Network.
Participation to workshops: Sustainable habitat, public policies and co-management; Housing and Habitat; Popular University and Zero Evictions Campaign; Forum: Housing policies in Venezuela.
Meetings with regional networks to identify specificities and meeting points for action at regional, national and local level with the scope of housing, habitat, self-management and cooperativism.
The meeting of HIC regional members made a balance of annual activities, next electoral process and upcoming activities including the ones at the III World Urban Forum of Vancouver.
For more information: Lorena Zárate, email@example.com
In Bamako, in collaboration with HIC-Mali, the following activities took place:
Monitoring the Human Right to Adequate Housing: debate
on techniques and opportunities.
Social production of habitat: popular engagement
with the right to land, adequate housing and sewage, focus
on urban and sustainable development (the experiences
in Senegal and Mali)
Discussion on land issues: analysis of women’s
access to land and housing in Africa.
The Right to the City: overview of proposals
for a sustainable urban society based in principles such
as solidarity, freedom, equality, dignity and social justice.
Participation to workshops organized by other institutions, i.e. Local authorities and sustainable development (AITEC); and the street parades at the beginning and the end of the WSF.
Advisory to local groups on the role of NGOs and social movement for advocacy on housing policies. A follow-up activity is foreseen for a strategic planning with HIC-Mali.
Visit to the place were 4.000 families were evicted in 1995. Houses and all infrastructures were demolished. The community continues a sustained struggle reclaiming the plot and their right to return, build, live and work in the site.
HIC stand become the meeting point
for exchanges, debates and dissemination of institutional
material in the frame of the WSF physical dispersion.
Exchanges and meetings with local and regional organizations
working in the field of human settlements were prompted.
Training to members and focal points about the on-line
membership management tools.
More information: Korotimy Thèra, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Elections of Board representatives
In 2006 several HIC bodies must renew their representation
at HIC Board. We invite you to get informed about the electoral
processes in: HLRN, MENA, Asia, Europe (to take place before
the global activities in Vancouver, June 2006) and in Francophone
Africa, Latin America, HSEN and WAS (in the second semester
Ongoing electoral processes:
HIC-Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN): 104
active members conform electorate. The Electoral Committee
if formed by: Bola Fajemirokun (Development Initiatives
Network, Nigeria) coordinator; Victor Kawanga (Human Settlement
of Zambia); Barry Pinsky (Rooftops, Canada). HIC/HLRN
called for nominations on February 23rd. The nominations
will by announced by the Electoral Committee on March
12th and the balloting process will last until April 6th.
The results of the elections will be announce April 8th.
For more information contact: email@example.com
HIC-Middle East and North Africa (MENA): HIC
Board approved MENA as a new HIC region. MENA has to define
its representatives to the Board in the next months. An
electoral process has to take place and the Electoral
Committee is to be conformed. 61 members have been identified
as active in the region. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
HIC-Asia: The electoral process will be defined
by the end of March after a meeting of ACHR. The Focal
Point in Asia, in dialogue with Board representatives
of the region, will define the time lines and check the
list of members with the right to vote.
HIC- Europe: after a meeting in Brussels, HIC
members in the region decided begin a process to select
the European representative and alternate, who will have
a seat at the Board for two years, until new elections
can take place.
|HIC at the 3rd World Urban Forum
HIC will organise different networking events and a round table on the upcoming UN Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF). More information on the WUF can be found on the HABITAT website: www.unhabitat.org/wuf/2006, where one can also register for participation.
There is a Board decision (September
2005) that each HIC structure has to make the fund raising
to support the travel and accommodation costs of HIC Board
members and HIC members. We hope to meet in Vancouver at:
Networking events: Monitoring
the Right to Adequate Housing (HLRN/HIC); Urban watches
/ observatories: tools and facilities for more effective
actions through better decision-making processes (HSEN/HIC);
People's process for inclusive cities: reflections on
social production of Habitat. The HIC Women and Shelter
Network is coordinating with the Huairou Commission to
register the networking events related with gender issues.
Round Table: HIC has a
leading role in the preparation of the civil society and
NGOs roundtable, to review and assess 30 years of activity
towards pro-poor, gender-sensitive and enabling urban
policies, allowing peer-to-peer focused and action-oriented
Speaker corner: a booth
within the WUF III Convention Center to facilitate a space
for representatives of social movements and civil society
organizations: people who don’t have a site at the
official agenda and will like to share their experience,
provide materials, present videos or have a meeting place
among grassroots leaders, civil society organizations
and social movements. The speaker’s corners will
promote official debates to continue in a fluent and flexible
arena and bring to the UN the message of the World Social
Forum and will contribute to a street parade.
HIC 30th anniversary: side-events
and publications to commemorate HIC 30th anniversary beyond
the lines of the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements.
General Assembly: the annual
meeting of members will give the opportunity to identify
the scope and issues of the evaluation process of HIC
networking activity (HIC / Misereor).
More information: Andrea Carrión, email@example.com
|Activities in Europe
During the first months of 2006 the following activities have take place in the region:
Madrid and Barcelona: together
with local NGOs, preparation of the visit to Spain of
the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.
Brussels: meeting with HIC European
members to debate topics and strategies for action at
regional level and to define the representation of Europe
to HIC Board. Agreements were: retrieve the message of
the Habitat Agenda with the specificities for each country,
not only for cooperation and exchanges; work from a small
coordinating committee; and, identify a representative
to the Board and his/her alternate for two years until
new expressions arise.
Bochum: workshop about the social
and urban impacts of neoliberal housing policies, with
focus in the Chilean case, together with local organizations
of tenants, INURA and Münster University.
More information: Ana Sugranyes, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Exchanges Latin America – Asia: Arpilleras Project
Since February 2006 two Latin-American women, from Guatemala
and Chile, are living with the UPC-Link team working together
with women in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Women came together to
develop embroidery techniques as a mean of overcoming psychosocial
collective trauma and rearticulating the narratives of local
identity and cultural memory. The “arpillera”
is a hand-sewn three-dimensional textile picture that illustrates
the stories of the lives of the women. The technique uses
colour, symbolism, shape, space, texture and different types
of stitches and materials to enable women to give a new form
and meaning to their thoughts and feelings surrounding their
difficult experiences. Luisa Cabrera, from Guatemala and now
in Banda Aceh, tells us:
“One year after the tsunami, the massive mourning in Banda Aceh is a visible path, silence sorrow tries to appear a ‘normal’ life, impossible in the frame of a destroyed city. The silence is broken with enormous grief of those who lost everything: family, neighbours, friends; even part of the political project was overtaken by the disaster. The women’s reflections about their new arpilleras are clear: FORGET IS IMPOSSIBLE, WE MADE A BROKEN HOUSE, A ROAD AND A BROKEN TREE BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE FEEL!”
More information: HIC-GS, SELAVIP, UPC-Link
From HIC structures:
Guía “Herramientas para la promoción de ciudades seguras desde la perspectiva de género” by Ciscsa –Red Mujer y Hábitat América Latina- in the frame of the Regional Progamme "Ciudades sin Violencia para las Mujeres. Ciudades Seguras para Todos" together with Flora Tristán with support of UNIFEM in Latin American countries. More information: email@example.com
International Human Rights Standards on Post-disaster Resettlement and Rehabilitation: Compilation Released
HIC-SARP/PHRE, Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network, South Asia Regional Programme; People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning; in collaboration with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. India. 2006
Other relevant publication:
Enabling shelter strategies: Review of experience from two decades of implementation" UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, 2006.
Abstract: Reviews the implementation of enabling shelter strategies since the adoption of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000, and of the effects of the enablement paradigm on the national policies and programmes. Also examines how the roles of the various actors in the shelter process have changed with the adoption of the enabling strategies and provides an in-depth assessment of particularly successful experiences.
Available at: (Pdf -> 1,4 MB) http://www.unhabitat.org/programmes/housingpolicy/documents/HS-785.Unedited.Draft.pdf
Mediterranean Consultation on Women and Adequate Housing,
visit of M. Kothari to Spain in March 2006. More information:
Observatori Desc, firstname.lastname@example.org
or HLRN, email@example.com
Global Land Tool Network meeting, Oslo 23-24 March (www.gltn.net)
World Social Forum in Karachi, 24-29 March (www.wsf2006karachi.org)
European Social Forum, 4-7 May (www.fse-esf.org/)
Parallel activities to the World Water Summit, to take
place in Mexico. People’s Workshop:
Defense and community management of water in the countryside
and in the city More information: Lorena Zárate,
The UN Commission on the Status of Women 2006 held the
34th session from 16 January to 3 February; the CEDAW
35th Session will be held from 15 May to 2 June 2006.
The UN Commission
on Human Rights will meet for the last time in 2006,
to be replaced by the new Human Rights Council.
Information and Coordination (NGOIC) mechanism has
been established through the joint efforts of several
organizations, and is offered as a free service to NGOs
planning to participate in the 62nd session of the Commission
and/or in the first session of the Human Rights Council
when it is established. The next session of the Commission
is tentatively scheduled for 13 March - 21 April 2006.
Members and friends of HIC should annually renew their contact information and pay membership dues. An on-line service is available to check your own information and search other active members.
Membership dues have a sliding scale with a minimum contribution of 25 USD that can be paid to focal points, network coordinators and HIC General Secretary.
For more information: Marie Bailloux, firstname.lastname@example.org
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