Category Archives: Habitat for People

#regulateProperty: The Need for Human Rights-driven Real Estate Regulation and Market Alternatives

Since the beginning of the year the “International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives at Habitat III” has tried to advocate for an inclusion of socially grounded regulations of markets that stop the speculation and treat housing, land and mortgage as goods for people and not for profit. This article tries to sum up some of the findings of these debates.

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Statement at Habitat III plenary

Statement by MieterInnenverein Witten (Witten Tenants Assoc.) on behalf of the “International Working Group for the Regulation of Real Estate Markets and Market Alternatives” to the Habitat III Plenary 20th Oct. 2016

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Side Event in Quito: Social Regulation of Real Estate Markets and Market Alternatives

The International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives will hold a side event at the official Habitat III campus on Monday, Oct. 17th, 12:30 – 13:30 h. Casa della Cultura Ecuatoriana, Room 8. The discussion will be continued at the stand of the Global Platform for the Right to the City October 17th, 14.30 – 16.30 h, stand 46-47, pavilion B of the Habitat Exihbition. Members of the group from different countries and continents will present critical views on Habitat III and demands for human rights driven regulations of relevant markets and market alternatives.

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

Within the frame of the conference „Ways to affordable Housing“ of the German Network Renting & 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.

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Message to Surabaya: Positive commitments of Habitat III will remain wishful thinking

Members of the “international working group for the promotion of market regulation and market alternatives at Habitat III” have reminded the currently ongoing prepcom in Surabaya, that the new draft of the “New Urban Agenda” still is totally is ignoring the economic frames of the global housing crisis.  “Without addressing the global economic frames of spatial developments well sounding commitments like ‘ending poverty’ or ‘integrated urban management’ will remain wishful thinking”, the authors say in their message.

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