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With Uruguay ratifying the Optional Protocol of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the residents of ten countries will soon have a right to adequate housing somewhat enforceable under international law.

Congestion charging isn't the only way to disincentivise drivers. Many cities are being very clever with parking policy, using pricing, regulations and design to make commuters think twice about relying on their cars.

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The Protocol will provide an important platform to expose abuses linked to poverty, discrimination and neglect, which up until now victims have had to endure without any possible recourse at the international level. It will provide a way for individuals, who may otherwise be isolated and powerless, to make the international community aware of their situation.

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