Lorena Zarate

Lorena Zarate

President of Habitat International Coalition

Lorena is currently the President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). During the past 15 years, she has been involved in the elaboration and dissemination of the World Charter on the Right to the City (2001-2005) and the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City (2008-2010).

At international level, since 2002 she has been in close collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing as well as with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the elaboration of thematic reports and recommendations for national and local governments on how to improve security of tenure, land and housing rights and the right to the city worldwide.

She has co-edited and published books and articles in Latin America, North America and Europe on issues related to housing rights, social production and management of habitat and the right to the city. She has participated as a speaker in numerous workshops, seminars and conferences in more than 20 countries, in particular within the framework of the World Urban Forum and the World Social Forum. 

Since 2014, Lorena is co-coordinator of an international project to promote a Global Platform for the Right to the City, which is actively participating at the Habitat III process and the discussion of the so-called New Urban Agenda.


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