The Right
to the City

The Right to the City is the right of all inhabitants, present and future, permanent and temporary, to inhabit, use, occupy, produce, govern and enjoy just, inclusive, safe and sustainable cities, villages and human settlements, defined as commons essential to a full and decent life.


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The right to the city in depth

No discrimination
A city/human settlement free of discrimination based on gender, age, health status, income, nationality, ethnicity, migratory condition, or political, religious or sexual orientation. A city/human settlement that embraces minorities and ethnic, racial, sexual and cultural diversity, which respects, protects, and promotes all non-discriminatory customs, memories, identities, languages, and artistic and cultural expressions of its inhabitants.
Inclusive citizenship
A city/human settlement of inclusive citizenship in which all inhabitants, (whether permanent or temporary) are considered as citizens and granted equal (e.g. women, those living in poverty or situations of environmental risk, informal economy workers, ethnic and religious groups, LGBT persons, people with disabilities, children, youth, the elderly, migrants, refugees, street dwellers, victims of violence and indigenous peoples).
Fulfilled social functions
A city/human settlement fulfilling its social functions, that is, ensuring equitable and affordable access for all to housing, goods, services and urban opportunities, particularly for women, marginalized groups and people with special needs; a city/human settlement that prioritizes the
Diverse and inclusive economies
A city/human settlement with diverse and inclusive economies that safeguards and ensures access to secure livelihoods and decent work for all inhabitants, gives room to other economies (e.g. social and solidarity economy, sharing economy), recognizes the domestic care and community work developed largely by women and ensures the full development of women and girls.
Enhanced political participation
A city/human settlement with enhanced political participation in the definition, implementation, monitoring, and budgeting of urban policies and spatial planning in order to strengthen the transparency, effectiveness and inclusion of the diversity of inhabitants and their organizations. The Right to the City implies responsibilities on all spheres of government and citizens to exercise, claim, defend and promote equitable governance and the social function of all human settlements within a human rights habitat.
Gender equality
A city/human settlement of gender equality, which adopts all necessary measures to combat discrimination in all its forms against women and girls; a city/human settlement which takes all appropriate measures to ensure the full development of women and girls, guarantee them equality in the exercise and fulfillment of human rights, and a life free of violence.
Quality public spaces and services
A city/human settlement with quality public spaces and services that enhance social interactions and political participation, promote sociocultural expressions, embrace diversity, and foster social cohesion; a city/human settlement where public spaces and services contribute to building safer cities (especially for women and girls) and to meeting the needs of its inhabitants (especially those related to livelihoods).
Inclusive rural / urban linkages
A sustainable city/human settlement with inclusive rural-urban linkages that benefit poor people, both in rural and urban areas, and ensures food sovereignty; a city/human settlement that protects biodiversity, natural habitats, and surrounding ecosystems.


  • UN Rapporteur Recommends Legal Recognition of Right to the City for Public Spaces Posted in: Quality public spaces and services - This year, GPR2C participated in a survey conducted by the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, as part of evidence collection for a report addressing the importance of public spaces for the exercise of cultural rights and the challenges which must be addressed so that everyone can access and enjoy such spaces.… +
  • The GPR2C at the Urban October 2019 - As every year, the Global Platform for the Right to the City together with its members and allies are redoubling their efforts during the month of October to show the strength of our initiatives and joint actions around critical and urgent issues. Urban October begins with World Habitat Day on Monday 7 October 2019 and… +
  • New GPR2C website! - Our new website is live and full of all the content you need to get informed and participate in the global struggle to achieve a Right to the City for all! The website is our platform for collecting all of our actions, past, present and future, in one collective space that is accessible to all.… +

Next events

GPR2C at the 19th IODP Conference in Iztapalapa, Mexico
12:00 am
Iztapalapa, Mexico City
6th Congress of UCLG and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
08:00 am
Durban, South Africa
Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy
12:00 am
Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal

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