Issues Home About Contact Us Issue 11 - November 2014 عربى
Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) issues related to habitat in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region form a microcosm reflected in the global agenda. Every issue of Land Times draws the link between those regional and global issues that run the entire gamut of housing and land rights struggles. Land Times also chronicles these through More

Regional Developments
Egyptian Housing Day: “No to Displacement, Yes to Development”
For the second consecutive year, Egyptian housing activists commemorated Egyptian Housing Day, organizing an event highlighting the important problems and challenges facing the marginalized, poor and vulnerable communities in urban development and renewal projects.                         This second annual event, organized under the slogan “No to displacement, Yes to Development,” emphasized that the purpose of the development and replanning process should be to More

Escaping ISIL, Caught in Winter
Months have passed since some 40 nations signed the 17 September 2014 Jeddah Communiqué, pledging to apply their various political, economic and military resources to beat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, the steep rise in recent internal displacements has combined with a $58.4 million funding More

The Fate of Transitional Justice in Yemen
Although transitional justice (TJ) processes form the proper way to address the previous regimes’ violations in Yemen and other Arab countries that witnessed popular uprising, the path to implementing TJ still faces complicating challenges and risks. In Yemen, these obstacles are impeding the implementation of the transitional committee’s recommendations that emanated from Yemen’s Comprehensive National Dialogue.                                        On 18 March 2013, More

Right to the City: Jerusalem and Cairo?
HIC-HLRN has produced two new studies as part of a global HIC/Instituto PÓLIS project to promote the right to the city. They assess the prospects of applying the “right to the city” to two of the most-pivotal urban centers in the Arab world: Jerusalem and Cairo. Both review the historic continuum of urban governance, as well as project the possible More

OECD Calls for Privatizing Tunisia’s Water
A new report diagnoses of the OECD addresses the main governance and financing challenges to management of the water supply and wastewater sector of Tunisia, and provides ways forward to address them through “private-sector participation” (PSP). Although OECD admits that the performance of the water sector in Tunisia has performed “remarkably well” in the past. This new report identifies the More

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International Developments
HIC at the Committee on World Food Security
About the CSM for CFS The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has placed itself as a key body where global decision and policy making on issues of food and nutrition security are held. After a reform process in 2009, the CFS has worked to become a space that promotes multistakeholder and inclusive dialogue, with a dedicated mechanism for civil More

Habitat III PrepCom1, New York
September marked the official start of the preparations for the United Nations 2016 Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). UN Headquarters (HQ) formed the centerpiece of official and civil society consultations that included a week of networking events punctuated by a Friday 12 September consultationwith UN Habitat’s Executive Director (ED) Joan Clos, who also serves as secretary More

PrepCom1 Afterward
Subsequent to Habitat III’s PrepCom1, the UN General Assembly’s 2nd Committee has taken up the “Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)” [item 20] during its 13–17 October 2014 meetings. However, the 2nd Committee will take decisions during the final week of November More

Toward a New Paradigm of Duty: Food Security in Protracted Crises at the CFS
In July 2014, the Agenda for Action addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises (A4A) within the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) were set to enter the final negotiations, on track to be endorsed during the 41st Session of the CFS in October 2014. However, as negotiations began, it was clear that the process would be longer than planned and More

New Report Calls for More Democratic Food Systems
ROME, UTRECHT, HEIDELBERG, GENEVA, BERLIN—Foodsecurity and human rights remain deeply threatened by concentration of land ownership, corporate domination of food systems and policy incoherence, reports the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2014, officially launched today with the participation of the new UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Dr. Hilal Elver, at the FAO in Rome.                              “As we celebrate More


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