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World Social Forum - TUNIS

Thursday, 26 March, 2015 -
08:30 to 11:00

UrbaMonde took part to the 13th edition of the WSM in Tunis from March 24 to March 28 and organized a special workshop, which allowed us to raise awareness among actors from all over the world on the challenges of the Social Production of Habitat, and to converge with organizations working on similar topics.


Workshop ‘’Right to the City & Social Production of Habitat platforms’’, 26 March 2015, 8h30-11h, Salle de lecture, University of Tunis

Organizers: Habitat International Coalition, urbaMonde, Association Planning

This workshop presented two related platforms, both aiming to strengthen a network of actors for the inclusion of the Right to the City in the Urban and Habitat Agenda. The raised the relevant strategies to implement the Right to the City in order to confront the fundamental political, economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges that exist in our cities. Furthermore, the workshop discussed issues related to a platform on the Social Production of Habitat (SPH), recognized as the process through which people build and manage their living environments. The SPH platform was presented as an expression of the right to the city, given that civil society organizations provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the housing crisis, land in security and resulting social inequalities. All the participants were invited to join both platforms.

The workshop, moderated by Soha Ben Slama (IAI), started with a presentation by Nelson Saule (Polis, Brazil) introducing the Right to the City (R2C) concept and the relation of the platform with the World Social Forum. He then explained the outcomes of the International Event on the Right to the City (Sao Paulo, November 2014) and the need of a global platform. Later, Iman Salama (urbaMonde, Switzerland) took the floor and introduced the Social Production of Habitat Platform initiative, the importance of creating a network of actors working on this topic and the potential implications with the R2C platform. The floor was opened to the following people: Rita Freire (Habita), Cesare Ottolini (IAI), Zama Mgawtty (DAG), Abdelfath Ezzine (Forum National de la Ville), Annie Pourre (No Vox International), Paul Makedonsky (IAI), Sana Seni (CAB/No Vox) and Hung-Ying Chen and Shaina Wang (Taiwan Alliance of Anti-Forced Eviction), among others. The discussion was about local struggles and the best way to coordinate and network together. Participants also gave suggestions and proposals to better enhance both platforms.


  • Develop and implement an international campaign on the R2C to influence the inclusion of a human rights-based approach, framed by the Right to the City principles, into the Urban and Habitat Agenda.
  • Facilitate the participation of the different stakeholders in habitat policy development at national, regional and international levels and build the capacity of civil society organizations.
  • Advance local, national, regional and international debates on the content, legal recognition, applicability and operationalization of the R2C and create opportunities for networking and the exchange of experiences and document initiatives to explore and produce analysis on critical aspects of the R2C.
  • Improve the documentation and visualization of existing projects through a website, strengthening links among actors and allowing for a detailed documentation of the projects through a variety of means and different media.
  • Improve the recognition of the Social Production of Habitat and the partnerships with public actors through an active participation to international meetings (Habitat III, ICLEI, CGLU, WUF, etc.), an itinerant exhibition and a cross-regional campaign.
  • Develop innovating technical and financial support mechanisms and reinforce the links with support actors such as volunteers, professionals, foundations, local governments and international organizations).

Common agenda:

  • R2C campaign and SPH campaign towards Habitat III (Quito, October 2016)
  • Develop a global campaign, to create a network of actors and professionals working in the Social Production of Habitat
  • Enhance exchanges between local groups through a regional exchange program and international Social Production of Habitat awards.


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