IHC Publishes 2nd Paper on Gender and Property Rights

January 2015

This week the IHC officially published a new paper focusing on practical steps to expand the rights of women to own land and property in the developing world. The paper expands on a 2012 paper to present a background on the issue as well as specific ideas on how to address the challenges. The paper also gives short case studies of successful programs from around the world.

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“The Road to Dignity by 2030:” Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Analysis of the Development of the Post-2015 Agenda

December 28,2014

Guest Post by Chris Vincent, Sr. Director, Congressional Relations/International Affairs, Habitat for Humanity International

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon released his much anticipated Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda, entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” on December 4, 2014. The report was intended to integrate all inputs into the Post-2015 Agenda thus far, including proposals, discussions, and expert consultations that have taken place over the course of the last two years, into one comprehensive and succinct report. Prior to the Synthesis Report, the Open Working Group’s (OWG) Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals, released in June of 2014, had set the stage for Post-2015 discussions, and it was expected that the Secretary General’s Synthesis Report would weigh in on the 17 goals and 169 targets laid out in the OWG’s proposal, which is substantially more than the 8 goals of the current Millennium Development Goals. See the previous blog post on the OWG’s “zero draft” report.

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Today 863 million people live in slums that lack decent housing and access to clean water and basic sanitation. Almost half of city dwellers in Africa, Asia and Latin America have suffered from at least one disease caused by lack of safe water and sanitation.

The IHC remains committed to increasing the time and money spent on providing lasting water and sanitation solutions to slum dwellers worldwide, and sharing best practices to make our community most efficient.

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Paul Simon Water for the World Act Moves in Congress

December, 2014

The past several weeks have been exciting for those who have long advocated for the passing of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act. After several delays earlier this year, the bill was marked up and passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee late in November, with advance agreement both by the administration and Senate leaders. This agreement was the crucial sticking point holding the legislation from moving forward, but final negotiations allowed for an identical bill to be introduced into the Senate as well. Markup by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for Thursday December 4th. While these are encouraging steps, there is still work to be done to ensure the final passage of the bill. Should it pass through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the full House and Senate will need to approve the bill and then have it signed by President Obama, all before the end of the year. The IHC remains committed to ensuring that these steps succeed. Continue to check back for more updates.

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