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Cities for Migration: Ensuring social cohesion and upholding human rights universality at the local level

As urban society is increasingly marked by migration, local governments have become more important than ever to build inclusive cities. Their role is key in guaranteeing access to basic services and offering a first-level answer to the needs of the most vulnerable, but also in building long-term cohesion. In recent years, local governments have also raised their voice to defend a renewed approach to the governance of migration, declaring themselves sanctuary and vowing to defend human rights universality.

In the framework of our Committee, local governments can debate and learn from policy-making experiences that render this vision concrete. It offers a meaningful space for knowledge sharing and networking inside UCLG, especially through its partnership with the MC2CM project. Furthermore, our Committee also offers a platform for local governments to organize debates and campaigns addressing the need to take into account human rights in the governance of migration.

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Meetings of local governments and advocacy campaigns

Our Committee offers a space where to connect initiatives defending a human rights-based migration governance. This might take the form of political debates, aimed at raising awareness on concrete actions, fostering networking or by supporting local government participation in global initiatives and campaigns like the Wave of Action of UCLG “Cities for Migration” or the Policy Council on the Right to the City.

City-to-City learning and knowledge exchange

Through their participation in the Committee, local governments can access a wide range of learning opportunities. This comprises areas such as social inclusion and access to basic services, non-discrimination, participation or intercultural dialogue. Our Committee puts at the service of local authorities’ tools and reports on policies regarding this topic; key for local social inclusion and human rights guarantee.