International Workshops in Berlin: Housing – human right or financial asset?

Within the frame of the conference „Ways to affordable Housing” of the German NetworkRenting & Housing, Sept.
16 & 17 in Berlin, Humboldt University <GERMAN PROGRAM HERE> housing right
internationalists are organizing workshops dealing with critical views on Habitat III and political proposals for the regulation of financialized
real estate corporations.

With the support of
Heinrich-Böll-Foundation we were able to invite activists from India and
Catalonia. Also the German NGO Forum Environment & Development is
supporting the meetings in the German capital, which recently has suffered much
from fast rent increases and gentrification. Regional elections will take place
just one day after the conference, and housing is a major issue in the


contents are provisional

Workshops Fri, Sept. 16
15:00h to 19:00h

German-English translations

Housing – human right or financial

International struggles for the right
to housing and land

Within this workshop we will present and discuss
demands prepared by the Intrenational Working Group on market regulation and
market alternatives at Habitat III during the past months. Our aim is to
confront Habitat III in Quito with an improved set of international demands. We
hope to be able to use this occasion as a starting point for a better targeted
and effective international networking among urban social movements,

15 h: Housing for People, not for Profit!

Critical voices on Habitat III. Grassroot struggles
for the Right to Housing.

KEYNOTE: Shivani Chaudry, Habitat International Coalition
South Asia (HIC) , Delhi The „New Urban Agenda” and the Human Rights
.Critical positions of on HIC on Habitat III. Right to land, housing, city from
an Indian point of view.

17 h: Social regulation of real estate markets

International dialogues on housing right movements and
political instruments.

KEYNOTE: Santi Mas de Xaxàs Faus and
Luis Manuel Sanmartín Cava, Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH),
Barcelona: Mortgage and housing struggles in Spain.
The grass root initiative for a social housing law in
Catalonia. What’s next?

Introductions to the International Working Group: Knut
Unger, Witten Tenants Association/ Habitat Net

Moderation: Klaus Teschner, trialog

Workshops Sat., Sept. 10:00h to ca.
13:00 h

Headwind against Property Corps

Social movements‘ and political demands responding to the
business models of financialized real estate companies and transnational
financial funds

  • Short
    presentations of movements and networks which organize against the
    business of (multinational) real estate corporations (English/German
  • Development
    of legal instruments responding to the business models of financialized
    landlords in Germany. Impulse: Knut Unger, Witten Tenatns
    Association/Habitat Net. (German discussion with translations into
  • Perspectives
    for organizing, action and campaigning.

After ca. 13h: TENANTS AND BANK

The Initiators of the workshop will join the big protest against TTIP.

For the reasons see:

TTIP: a threat to social housing, land rights and
democratic cities


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