Since 2020, the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) has embarked on a collective learning process together with all its members and allies for the elaboration of a series of thematic papers to explore and deepen into the key conceptual and programmatic contents related to the Right to the City. These documents are intended to strengthen the advocacy, training, networking, and communication work of the GPR2C.

On this occasion, we are publishing the Thematic Paper: “Beyond urban-rural linkages, the defense of territories and cities for life”. This paper introduces a reflection on what is the potential of strengthened urban-rural linkages to advance the Right to The City. The text analyzes the relevance of this discussion based on the current context, linking it with the wider theory and debate around the Right to the City and Human Rights and then citing examples of alternative, more equitable and balanced approaches for acting in territories, with a special focus on the social and environmental function of territory and the equitable distribution of burdens and benefits of economic processes generated in said territories.

Finally, the publication introduces a series of recommendations for national and local governments to strengthening alternative action under five main categories: responsible production and consumption; solidarity economy; food sovereignty; environmental and territorial justice; territorial planning and management.

Discover more with the specific campaign for this Thematic Paper on the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2022!