Habitat International Coalition (HIC)

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Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is the global network for habitat-related rights.

In 1976, HIC grew out of a civil society organising committee that played a major role in the development of Habitat Forum, which was held in parallel with the U.N.’s first Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) in Vancouver. HIC obtained Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1993.

Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works to defend, promote and create human rights related to housing and land, in both rural and urban areas.

The HIC strategic approach corresponds to three areas of intervention:

a. Strengthen the networks that link members, and those that link them to other networks and organizations, to promote the HIC mission through transparent management and democratic practices, in a spirit of gender equality and generational renewal.

b. Accompany and support community processes in building alternatives for the well-being and dignity of all peoples by promoting gender equality and the social production of habitat, and combatting violations of the rights to housing, land, and the city.

c. Influence housing- and habitat-related public policies at the local, national and global levels with an approach based on rights, gender equality and equity and environmental sustainability.


Overall objective: a coordinated global contribution from and to global civil society for the recognition, defence and full implementation of the human right to housing, land and other habitat-related human rights, especially in favour of the demands of the poorest and most-vulnerable social sectors in every region.

HIC’s work addresses four central objectives:

1. Move toward gender equality and equity

2. Protect the right to a healthy environment

3. Promote and implement social production of habitat

4. Combat violations of habitat-related rights

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • mobilization, rally
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • research, analysis

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • law and justice
  • local territory management
  • research and social innovation
  • democracy