Ivahanna Larrosa, Executive Director, Amnesty International, Uruguay, www.amnistia.org.uy
The Fifth World Urban Forum is being held in Río de Janeiro this week. Organized by the United Nations, its purpose is to discuss ‘rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies’.
At the same time, social movements involved in the Urban Reform National Forum are developing the Urban Social Forum as a parallel space in which people can exchange ideas and experiences and make their voices heard. Both events are near to each other and people from all over the world will attend.
The World Urban Forum is held every two years and this year its topic is ‘The right to the City – bridging the urban divide’. Social movements have for many years been fighting for its recognition in a world where more than half of global population lives in cities that do not give equal conditions and opportunities to their inhabitants.
Amnesty International is taking part in these events, sharing discussions and experiences.
Amnesty International representatives will be blogging from the Forum over the next few days.