HIC thematic priorities

Activities developed during WUF11 will help highlight some of HIC’s key strategic lines of work:

Housing and land

Housing and land rights have been at the core of HIC’s mission and work from its inception. During WUF, HIC will build on previous reflections and partner with other organizations to discuss current approaches to secure the Right to Adequate Housing (see the Cohabitat session at the stand programme). Moreover, the side event “Celebrating 45 years of HIC: Building Social Force through Co-Learning and Advocacy” will be an opportunity to learn more about how HIC’s co-learning spaces have been supporting coalition building to support advocacy on habitat rights.  

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Climate and environmental justice are at the core of HIC’s current priorities, and will be discussed at a specific session to take place in the Habitat Village stand on Tuesday the 28th. Click here to learn more about HIC’s work on climate justice and hear from our members

Conflict and displacement

HIC works systematically with its members to denounce violations of housing and land rights, specifically regarding evictions, conflict and displacement. WUF will be the opportunity to learn more about the HIC Housing and Land Rights Network’s (HLRN) Violation Database, which maps housing and land rights violations across the globe, in particular regarding the social and territorial effects of conflict, megaprojects, privatization of public services and the commodification of social housing. Don’t miss the event at our stand on Tuesday 28th.

Stakeholder engagement

Since 2019, HIC and HLRN have been working with other organizations at the volunteer Institutional Mechanism Working Group to propose a renewed  stakeholder-engagement mechanism for UN Habitat stakeholder engagement. Following the first proposal presented during WUF10 in 2020, in Katowice HLRN will organize a conversation to evaluate how the process has been evolving ahead of the UN Habitat Assembly in 2023. 

Gender Equality

Mainstreaming gender equality through habitat rights is at the core of HIC’s mission, with dedicated regional working groups developing initiatives on the thematic. During WUF11 you’ll be able to learn more about the feminist approaches co-learning space and the work of the Women and Habitat Network in Latin America and the Caribbean.


HIC has historically supported its members in the promotion of the social production of habitat, particularly in Latin America. To learn more about the concept you can click here and consult the efforts led by HIC-AL in the “Our neighborhoods” campaign, which will be shared in the event “Envisioning slum upgrading for the city of tomorrow”. Also don’t miss the presentations on the documentaries on HIC-AL’s schools, driving popular pedagogies approaches to social production of habitat and other themes (see stand programme).

Why are collaborative housing models needed today?

Why are collaborative housing models needed today?

Our President Adriana Allen joined the opening of the Collaborative Housing Day at the Third International Social Housing Festival that took place in Helsinki between 14–17 June 2022.  “Why are collaborative housing [...]