The document, prepared by the GPR2C for the 6th Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), focuses on asseritng that to implement the SDG´s in their totality it is fundamental to apply the Right to the City framework. This is because the Right to the City envisions the effective fulfillment of all internationally agreed Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals, while dealing specifically with a dimension of urban problems that classic human rights’ standards do not tackle: namely, spatial exclusion, its causes and consequences. At the same time, it provides a territorial approach that can enhance policy pertinence and coherence.
The paper indentifies five main challenges for the fulfillment of the Right to the city: Financialization of cities, gentrification and housing crisis; the Rural-Urban Divide; Territorial and social inequities; the Democratic backsliding and human rights curtailment and the migration crisis. Then it sets a series of policy recommendations with concrete actions built around the eight components of the Right to the City and its links to Global Agendas such as the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.
You can learn more about the Policy Paper and the UCLG Congress here.