The Right to the City, more than a slogan: from the international movement to the Mexico City Charter, HRRC, Ottawa (Canada), April 30, 2013

Friday 26 April 2013

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Summons: Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)

Channel: Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

Location: University of Ottawa, Fauteux 550, 57 Louis-Pasteur room 570, Ottawa (Canada)

Date: Tuesday April 30, 2013 - 11:30-13:00

Type: Presentation

Language: English

Category: Habitat

Keyword: Human rights, Right to the City, Social movements, Urban

Countries and regions: Canada, Mexico

Description: Presentation

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre invites you to a presentation by Lorena Zárate entitled "The Right to the City, more than a slogan: from the international movement to the Mexico City Charter”.

The Right to the City is much more than a slogan in Latin America. The social mobilization, academic research and public debates about urban reform date back more than 50 years in the region. In some countries, national and local legal instruments and public policies have been developed over time, including the City’s Statute in Brazil (2001) and the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City (2010). Those processes, explicitly linked to urban reform struggles, are also inscribed in the global movement related to the construction of and advocacy for the World Charter on the Right to the City (2005).

In 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, the world population was predominantly rural. Today, more than half of world inhabitants live in cities. What specific challenges poses the urbanization process to the "classic” human rights approach? What are the main contents and contributions of the right to the city proposals?

- Guest Speaker: Lorena Zárate, President, Habitat International Coalition & John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor, Spring 2013, Department of Geography, University of Toronto

- RSVP:HRREC@uottawa.ca

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