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Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Adequate Housing

This study was undertaken within the framework of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme – a joint initiative of UN-HABITAT and the OHCHR. The study includes a review of relevant literature, identification of case studies, the collection of primary data through direct contacts with organizations/networks of indigenous peoples and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Urban Policies and the Right to the City

This paper aims to explore the notion of the “Right to the City,” a concept first developed by Henri Lefebvre in 1968 in Le droit à la ville. While not exhaustive in its examination of the subject, the present discussion paper is intended to examine the notion as it has evolved conceptually and as it has manifested, either explicitly or implicitly, in urban policies and practices in cities and regions worldwide over the past few decades. It will also provide the reader with an inventory of recent developments in research and policy practice and, finally, with the potential theoretical and practical limitations to the “Right to the City” concept.

CSD 13: The Slums must help themselves

Expectations that CSD 13 would correct the almost total failure of the Johannesburg-Summit regarding settlements and local development were bitterly disappointed. CSD 13 again failed to deal with the problems of the cities in the north or the east (environment, traffic, financial, social) as well as with the urban consequences of economic globalisation, privatisation, sub-urbanization, population changes.

Housing on the Defensive

Prices are escalating, unaffordability is rising, with people paying more and more of their incomes for housing problem; segregation is not declining and often increasing; security of tenure is a problem not only in the Third World but also in Canada and the United States, where foreclosures and evictions are increasing; housing is in short supply absolutely almost everywhere. Even in developed countries homelessness is a continuing problem and there are cut-backs in social provision. What explains this situation, 85 years after the first publicly-built housing in the United States, 70 years after the New Deal’s housing programs, more than a century of social welfare programs featuring housing in most developed countries, decades of declarations and setting of ambitious housing goals by international agencies and the United Nations? Peter Marcuse proposes a radical back-to-basics review of the housing situation, what explains it, and what can be done about it.

Privatization of Clifton Beach

Where would the common man be in the glittering world of five-star hotels, private lagoons, shopping plazas, high-rise buildings and other urban monstrosities? What happens to the traditional donkey cart races, the congregation of youths on New Year's Eve and lakhs of common visitors who go to the Clifton beach for innocent enjoyment of sea breeze, the sandy beach and a view of the immemorial Arabian Sea. Extract from V. A. JAFAREY's letter to the daily Dawn Karachi See below details of this letter and other news items on Clifton Beach's privatization.