Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction: From Recovery to Risk Reduction


6th International i-Rec Conference Ascona, 26-30 May 2013 Centro Stefano Franscini Ascona, Switzerland 26-30 May 2013 The conference aims to consolidate knowledge and encourage future research in five interlinked areas related to post-disaster reconstruction and risk reduction that are particularly relevant to enhancing societal resilience to disasters. The conference will focus on five themes: Linking [...]

Thematic report on financialization of housing available online


The Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing will present her thematic mandate this year at the 67th session of the General Assembly, in which she analyses the ruling paradigm of housing policies that focus on housing finance as the main means of promoting homeownership. The report assesses the impact of prevalent housing finance policies on the right to adequate housing of those living in poverty.



From 27th to 29th September 2012, The Geneva Habitat Forum has the pleasure to welcome civil society and academic actors, political figures and Inhabitants from here and elsewhere to reimagine a town as a place by and for its inhabitants.

October 2012, World Zero Evictions Days – for the Right to Housing: All Together!

September 26, 2012 The first step of joint agenda established established by the Urban Social Forum is on October, the World Zero Evictions Days – for the Right to Housing, in order to unify the Global Campaign for the right to housing and to land. The central focus is the struggle against expulsions, evictions, the [...]

Gbagyi Indigenes Protest Over Resettlement Plans in Nigeria

September 25, 2012 Gbagyi indigenes in the FCT yesterday staged a peaceful protest in front of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja to criticize the proposed plans by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to relocate them from their land. The protesters, who assembled under the auspices of Greater Gbagyi Development Initiatives, carried placards that read: “landlessness [...]

Kogi Flood: Over 3,000 Still Trapped in Ibaji LG, Nigeria

September 25, 2012 More than 3, 000.00 people are still trapped in various communities in the oil rich Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State as more water hit the area due to rampaging flood. Several residents were evacuated to Idah, the nearby local government, when the Niger River over flowed its bank in the [...]

Assam floods worsen in India, over one million displaced

Photo: AP

September 25, 2012 Facing their third wave of floods this year, an estimated one million people have been forced to flee their homes in the northeastern state of Assam, where authorities have called a health alert. The flood situation continues to remain grim with an increasing portion of land in 18 of the state’s 27 [...]

Floods and landslides displace 1 million in India

These homes in Pandu, a town in the Indian state of Assam, were among the areas still under water on Monday. Photo: Utpal Baruah/Reuters

September 24, 2012 Assam hit hardest with floods; 21 killed by landslides in Sikkim Floods and landslides caused by relentless rain in northeast India have killed at least 33 people and displaced more than a million over the past week, officials said on Monday. At least 21 people were killed in landslides and another eight [...]

Amnesty day of protest for Italian forced evictions of Roma

September 22nd, 2012 Amnesty International will hold a day of protest today to protest against the Italian government’s forced evictions of Roma people. The event will take place outside Brown Thomas on St Patrick St from 2pm to 4pm today as part of a global day of protest against the Italian’s actions of six months, [...]

In Japan, the slow road to reconstruction

September 19, 2012 A little more than 1½ years since the 3/11 disasters devastated the Pacific side of the Tohoku region, more than 340,000 people are still living away from their homes and reconstruction is not making progress as smoothly as disaster sufferers and the local governments concerned had hoped. It is imperative that the [...]