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WUF6: Amnesty International flays forced eviction, UN launches ‘Open UN-Habitat’ website

As representatives of governments and city authorities of over 100 countries discuss the future of the world’s urban centres in the Italian city of Naples (between 1 and 7 September 2012), Amnesty International has called on all government delegates at the Sixth World Urban Forum (WUF6) to respect the right to housing and stop forced evictions.

Demolition of homes at the Abonnema Wharf Waterfront, Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria

Officials of the organisation are attending the WUF6 to raise awareness about, according to them, the injustice of forced evictions as well as the obligations of national and local authorities to uphold the right to adequate housing.

In a related development, the United Nations Human Setllements Programme (UN-Habitat), organiser of the WUF6, having signed to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), is resolving to publish all its project and programme information openly online in 2012.

The portal is tagged “Open UN-Habitat” and the WUF6 transparency project was launched on Tuesday.

The IATI aims to standardise IATI open aid data reporting and is the internationally recognised standard with over 70 publishers, including UN agencies, national governments and the World Bank.

The Open UN-Habitat website uses mapping tools and a search engine to make project information easily accessible and has been built using open source technology.

The launch showcased a number of pilot projects, but the full project portfolio will not be available until year’s end.

Amnesty International has expressed concerns over planned forced eviction at the Deep Sea slum (Nairobi, Kenya) and forced eviction at the Abonnema Wharf Waterfront (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

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