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'Right To The City' Is Close To Gaining 'Human Right' Status

•, By: David Hatch

A global database has been relaunched to track how local authorities are implementing the "right to the city", a concept that gained international recognition during the run-up to last year's Habitat III conference on sustainable cities.

The Inclusive Cities Observatory, a project spearheaded by the global United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) network, has been revived to highlight lessons and strategies that can shape municipal governance.

The right to the city is the notion that urban environments should be inclusive and free of discrimination, and that public services and investments should benefit all residents. While the right to the city is not a human right per se, advocates portray it as a synthesis of human rights.

The ambitious concept is enshrined in the New Urban Agenda strategy adopted by national governments in October. Read about other implementation strategies here.