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La Via Campesina: llamamiento a Durban

El movimiento internacional campesino La Vía Campesina y su miembro el Movimiento de los Sin Tierra de Sudáfrica (Landless Peoples Movement, LPM) se están movilizando para la XVII Conferencia de las Partes (COP17) de la Convención sobre el Cambio Climático de las Naciones Unidas, que tendrá lugar en Durban (Sudáfrica) del 28 de noviembre al 9 de diciembre de 2011.

Disasters: New risk index helps identify vulnerability

A family works to navigate the flooded streets of Cotabato City, Mindanao [19 June 2011] © David Swanson/IRIN A new disaster risk index launched by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn could help donors and aid organizations better understand why some countries are more at risk of calamity than others, and shape their responses when disaster strikes.

Métodos de movilización para hacer respetar sus derechos

Esta guía se centra en las violaciones del derecho a la vivienda, a la tierra y a la alimentación que perpetran actores tanto privados como públicos en el medio rural y urbano Relata las experiencias de protagonistas de prácticas, culturas y historias distintas como las organizaciones Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) de las Filipinas, Integrated Rural Development Society (IRDS) y Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia (Fedina) de la India, Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (FASE) de Brasil, la Red Nacional de Habitantes de Camerún (RNHC), Juristes-Solidarités de Francia, y los miembros de las Plataformas sobre los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales del Mali y del Senegal.

42 million displaced by sudden natural disasters in 2010 – report

Millions of men, women and children around the world are displaced from their homes each year by sudden-onset natural disasters. This report finds that over 17 million people were newly displaced in 2009 and over 42 million in 2010, most of them by extreme weather events. The sheer scale of displacement should leave no doubt as to the seriousness and immediacy of the challenge facing affected populations, governments and the international community. People displaced by disasters have the right to be protected and assisted, and greater efforts and collaboration between actors from different fields are required to strengthen preparedness and response."

Internal Displacement Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) has released their global overview for 2010 . Since 1998 the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displace- ment Monitoring Centre has monitored internal displacement resulting from conflict and violence. During this period, the number of internally displaced persons has steadily risen from around 17 million to 27.5 million in 2010.

Global: Taking on the land-grabbers

Property developers in Indonesia and Thailand moved in quickly after the 2004 Tsunami, snapping up land from those relocated into resettlement camps to build luxury resorts, further squeezing the livelihoods of the poor. Land grabbing happened after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Haiti earthquake, and after cyclones and floods in the Philippines, according to the World Disasters Report 2010 (WDR).

Making the Kampala Convention work for IDPs

In October 2009, the African Union adopted the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (the Kampala Convention). Building on the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the experiences, laws and policies of African states, the Kampala Convention represents an important milestone in the protection of IDPs’ rights.

Land loss to speculators, industries and cities result in hunger – UN rights expert

An estimated 500 million small-scale farmers across the world are hungry, partly as a result of losing their farmland to industrial expansion, urbanization or environmental degradation, the United Nations independent expert on the right to food told the General Assembly today.“As rural populations grow and competition with large industrial units increases, the plots cultivated by smallholders are shrinking year after year,” Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, said as he presented a report to the Assembly.

IAI welcomed the decision to extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

The UN Human Rights Council, during its 15th session in late September, decided to extend for a period of three years the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Concerning the permanency of Raquel Rolnik as Special Rapporteur, initially stablished to end up on April 2011, it will be appreciated by the Council in March 2011, who will decide if her mandate should be extended for an additional period of three years. The IAI welcomed the decision, saying that it demonstrated a commitment of the international community to acknowledge the challenges the world still faces, and confirmed his willing to collaborate with Raquel Rolnik to defend the right to adequate housing, without borders.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing - newsletter #1

We are pleased to present the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing website! There you will find reports and other documents prepared by the Rapporteur, as well as news on the topic. With this tool, we hope to facilitate access to information concerning the Rapporteur’s work, create a space of reference on the subject and a channel for direct communication with the public. For that purpose, we expect to receive contributions and news from all over the world. Welcome!