ESF Athens Housing Action

CALL FOR ACTION FROM THE URBAN SPACE AT ESF ATHENS MAY 2006

The movements of the European Network struggling for housing rights -Habitat International Coalition, International Alliance of Inhabitants, No Vox and the Greek Initiative for the Right to the City – are calling for all social organisations to adopt housing as a key social issue and to join us in action around 2nd October 2006 (World Habitat Day).
We demand that governments:

1. Implement the right to decent, sustainable housing for all, without discrimination, and that this right has legal enforcement
2. Defend and develop:-
a) public and not for profit housing sectors, which are democratically controlled;
b) public space and public urban planning;
c) public services such as water, public transport and energy.
3. Regulate the real estate market and rental housing to put a stop to
speculation, privatisation and high rents.
4. Halt forced evictions and demolitions and the destruction of popular
neighbourhoods and shanty towns.

weblinks:
http://athens.fse-esf.org/

this call for action emanated from the following workshops held in Athens:
– “Development of European mobilisation against the violations of housing
rights”
– “Participatory governance in European cities: struggling against or
abiding for neoliberalism?”
– “The crisis of European urban periphery”
– “Globalisation, real-estate speculation and the city: international
strategies and action”
– “Real-Estate Speculation, Globalisation and the City” 05-01-2006
– “The role of the city in an alternative Europe: towards housing and
habitat rights.”
taken from:
http://athens.fse-esf.org/search?SearchableText=Urban_policies_cities&Language=all