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Access to Land: Basis of the Right to the City

Access to Land: Basis of the Right to the City
Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 to Wednesday, 11 June, 2014 - 20:30

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 - 06:30 to 08:30

Place: Uni-Mail, Room R070

The University of Geneva, the Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer and urbaMonde are pleased to intive you to the conference and round table ''Access to land: Basis of the right to the city'' with Ms. Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing to the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

In a context of housing crisis on a worldwide scale, the question of land access by vulnerable populations has become a major issue of the right to the city.This crisis is subject of reflection by urban planning actors and human rights defenders. According to the international law, any person is entitled to a certain security level which guarantees legal protection against expulsion and other threats. 

What are the obligations of the States, what is the role of the civil society and what are the tools to negotiate the land? 

The topic of the conference will be linked to the report of the Special Rapporteur on guiding principles on security of tenure for the urban poor, and more generally to the questions related to land tenure and the right to an adequate standard of living.

The conference will proceed as following:

  • 6.30pm-6.45pm: Introduction by M. Antonio Hodgers (representant of the Canton of Geneva)
  • 6.45pm-7.30pm: Conference of Ms. Raquel Rolnik
  • 7.30pm-8.00pm: Round-Table (moderation by urbaMonde), with public and civil actors involved in questions related to land tenure, representing movements working for the right to the city (HIC, Amnesty...) as well as local organizations promoting alternatives like the Geneva housing cooperatives movement for example.
  • 8.00pm – 8.30pm: Questions
  • 8.30pm – 9pm: Cocktail 

Round Table guests:

  • Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to adequate housing 
  • Antonio Hodgers, State Counsellor in charge of planning, housing and energy
  • Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law
  • Lorena Zarate, Housing International Coalition, President
  • David Cornut, Amnesty International, Campaign Officer Human Rights
  • Éric Rossiaud, Geneva Housing Cooperative Association, Vice-Président