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Kanaga Raja

Geneva, 30 Mar (Kanaga Raja) -- Homelessness is perhaps the most visible and most severe symptom of the lack of respect for the right to adequate housing, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Miloon Kothari.

By Sanjay Suri

LONDON, Mar 15 (IPS) - A majority of British MPs have signed up for a resolution to make poverty history -- but not voted to take action on it. Their support comes through a parliamentary resolution that does not arise from within the parliament chamber. It comes by way of signing up to what is known as an Early Day Motion (EDM). Copies of the motion are placed in the House of Commons for MPs to sign up to, in the knowledge that these are not likely to be debated within Parliament. No EDM this year has drawn as much support as EDM number 9 tabled by Labour MP Julia Drown.

The evident and systematic violation of the right to health by the Argentinian Government, which is clearly shown in the collapse of the health system, was reported by several health institutions before the OAS Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.


While the government of Peru cuts down the state aid to the HIV-AIDS patients, the civil society gets together to fight against the disease. Alone and United (Solas y Unidas) is an organization focusing exclusively on infected women. It was established after the women themselves verified that not only their needs but mainly their attitudes towards the disease were different.

Mario Osava

The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre this month will serve, once again, as the global capital of indignation and of dreams as it hosts the World Social Forum, Jan 23-28, which in its third year will be the largest and most diverse so far. The organisers of this major annual gathering of social movements, non-governmental organisations, intellectuals and leftist groups seeking a better possible world predict that this year's attendance will reach 100,000, double that of 2002.

Nancy Alexander

How The World Bank Group’s Facilitationof the Trade Agenda Undermines the Bargaining Power ofDeveloping Countries

Kalinga Seneviratne

The third World Social Forum (WSF)ended Tuesday in an upbeat mood withorganisers vowing to expand themovement all across Asia as it moves toIndia next year.

Goh Chien Yen

The Social Watch report 2003 was quoted as evidence of the risks of unplanned service liberalization during an expertpanel discussion organized by UNCTAD in Geneva. Since there is no legal requirement under the WTO to liberalise the services sectors, developingcountries should be cautious aboutfurther liberalization, especially if they have not yet carriedout an assessment of the effects.

A hundred people from citizen based organizations from around the world gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the workshop Services for All (SFA). Sponsored by 18 organizations, SFA focused on the threat of privatization of basic services, especially water, energy, health care and education.

"Tobin Tax" and increased South-South cooperation are demanded by leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement.

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