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Strategy meeting: Reinventing policies for the right to the city and the right to housing, grounded on human rights - Gwangju, South Korea, 1 October 2019


  • Session Name : Open Session
  • Theme : Strategy meeting: Reinventing policies for the right to the city and the right to housing, grounded on human rights
  • Date : 1 October 2019
  • Time : 15:30~18:00
  • Location : Kimdaejung Convention Center, Room 307
  • Organizers : AEPF (Asia Europe People’s Forum) Social Justice Cluster, IAI (International Alliance of Inhabitants)

Proposed program Schedule

Time Program Contents
10 minutes opening The objective and methodology of the session
45 minutes Presentation

The AEPF Global Charter for

Social Protection Rights The Zero Evictions Campaign and the International Tribunal

on Evictions

The need for alliances

50  minutes Exchange of experiences local authorities/social organisations; potential cooperations Mapping initiatives, policies and struggles for the right to housing and to the city
30 minutes Discussion  
30 minutes General Questions answers  
15 Minutes Closing & Groups photo  


The 2019 World Human Rights Cities Forum in Gwangju is an excellent opportunity for the AEPF and the IAI to involve the organisations and movements (especially the many Asian working on housing, public services, ecology)  to take forward the agenda of Peoples Cities, Urbanisation and development, the Right to the City, which includes the urban commons, access to Public Services and the need for universal social protection in relation to the Global Charter for Universal Social Protection Rights.

The Asian-Europe People's Forum is a strategic civil society network of Asian and European social movements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and campaign networks that are confronting poverty and inequality and working for social, economic and climate justice. Priority is to assure that processes and measures will lead to a just, equal and sustainable world based on respect for gender equality and the promotion and protection of human, economic and socio-cultural rights and environmental security.

The International Alliance of Inhabitants is a global network of associations and social movements of inhabitants, cooperatives, communities, tenants, house owners, homeless, slum dwellers, indigenous populations and people from working class neighborhoods. 

The objective is the construction of another possible world starting from the achievement of the housing and city rights.

They are committed to opening up new venues for dialogue, solidarity, and action in an inclusive and democratic way and to building more inclusive voice, influence and access to support the recognition, defense and implementation of human rights.

This proposal is based on the desire to continue the work started long ago, but basically at AEPF10 in Ulaan Bator where the idea of a Global Charter was decided and where many of the demands for governments were put together.

Since then, it was organised a conference on public services in Manila, on social commons in

Barcelona and on labour in Kathmandu. At AEPF11 in Ghent the Global Charter for Universal Social Protection Rights was formally adopted and has now been signed by hundreds or organisations and personalities.


Having listened to interventions by activists presenting the dynamics and the resistance of the inhabitants, and by experts and local authorities of alternative housing and urbanization policies, based on human rights instead of financial markets, we want to discuss policies that defend the right to housing (against evictions) based on strong housing policies as a public and social service. In that context, the social justice cluster of the Asia Europe People’s Forum has been working with a new Global Charter for Social Protection Rights, which it suggests to use as a leverage for new alliances and coalitions in the fight for strong public services and citizenship, in cooperation with local governments. In our view, citizens's access to Right to the City should be at the core of Urbanization discourse, and this should be the political priority of local governments.

The aim of this strategy meeting is to take a critical and open view of the Charter and of these viewpoints and to discuss practical and concrete ways for more coordination.



  • Chandan Kumar, Working People's Charter network, India


  • Meena Menon, researcher and activist, co-coordinator social justice cluster AEPF,  India
  • Francine Mestrum, researcher, chairperson Global Social Justice, Brussels, Belgium
  • Varghese Theckanath, director Montfort Social Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Michael Beltran, KADAMAY, Philippines
  • Cesare Ottolini, global co-ordinator IAI, Italy
  • Mikyung Riu, KCTU, Republic of Korea
  • Chansik Park, Jeju people's assembly against the second airport, Republic of Korea
  • Maria Youngsin Lim, Imagine peace, Republic of Korea


  • Amanda Flety Martinez, Coordinator Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights (UCLG), Barcelona, Spain