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.


  • Right to the City News March 2020 - We have just released the March issue of our quarterly newsletter. There you can find a summary of the most important activities and campaigns we have carried out over the last three months, as well as upcoming events and other information of interest. At this issue, you can find information on: GPR2C's response to the… +
  • Right to the City Agenda for the French local elections Posted in: Enhanced political participation - The local level is increasingly asserting itself as a key space for political participation and the collective construction of democratic life. This approach is based on the idea that proximity facilitates concrete action on local issues. The local level lends itself to more open and participatory political approaches, as opposed to the opacity, bureaucratisation and… +
  • Statements of the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Posted in: No discrimination - Source: United Nations and Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance Every year, on March 21st, we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date marks the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against… +
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Generation Equality Forum
12:00 am
Mexico City
Suspended: International Meeting on Henri Lefebvre and the Production of Space
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Montevideo, Uruguay
Talks for future
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Canceled: World Social Forum of Transformative Economies
09:00 am
Barcelona, Spain
High Level Political Forum 2020
12:00 am
New York

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