Urban Policies and the Right to the City: Rights, responsibilities and citizenship

There are already regional, national and municipal instruments such as The Charter of Educating Cities, the European Charter for Safeguarding Human Rights in the City, the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, the Aberdeen Agenda of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, the Brazil City Statute of 2001 and the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. Developing the right to the city as a vehicle for social inclusion in cities implies:

· Liberty, freedom and the benefit of the city life for all

· Transparency, equity and efficiency in city administrations

· Participation and respect in local democratic decision making

· Recognition of diversity in economic, social and cultural life

· Reducing poverty, social exclusion and urban violence.

The right to the city is not a positive right in a legal sense: neither UNESCO nor UNHABITAT have the intention to promote a new international legal instrument. Rather it is wished to encourage cities to learn from the best practices and tool kits that both UN Agencies have already and will prepare with the relevant partners. For example, both UNESCO and UN-HABITAT have already developed a tool kit for local authorities and city professionals? Historic Districts for All: a Social and Human Approach for Sustainable Revitalization? which was launched at a training session during the Fourth World Urban Forum in China (3? 6 November 2008). Further, UNESCO has supported the creation of three UNESCO chairs in 2007/2008 to launch in depth research: in Lyon (France) on Urban policies and citizenship, in Venice (Italy) on Social and Spatial Inclusion of Migrants? Urban Policies and Practices, and in Seoul (Korea) on Social Sustainability in Historic Districts.

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Declaración del Encuentro Internacional por Ciudades Igualitarias

Declaración del Encuentro Internacional por Ciudades Igualitarias

En el marco del U20, organizaciones sociales, movimientos populares, redes de la sociedad civil, integrantes de la academia y autoridades locales comprometidas con la igualdad, los derechos humanos y la sustentabilidad se reunieron en Buenos Aires para proponer un compromiso común por Ciudades Igualitarias.

A un año de los sismos: el proyecto de Reconstrucción Integral y Social del Hábitat en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

A un año de los sismos: el proyecto de Reconstrucción Integral y Social del Hábitat en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

El 7 de septiembre de 2017 un sismo con magnitud de 8.2 con epicentro en Chiapas, afectó gravemente comunidades de ese estado, así como de Oaxaca. En el segundo caso, los principales daños ocurrieron en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Ixtaltepec, Juchitan, Ixtepec y muchas de las comunidades Binnizá (Zapotecas) e Ikoot (Huaves) fueron seriamente afectadas. El 23 de septiembre del mismo año, un nuevo sismo de magnitud 6.3 con epicentro en Ixtepec agravó el problema.