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In the Local Policies section you will find a compilation of local government policies on human rights, the right to the city, housing and other key topics for local social inclusion and participatory democracy agendas. Our search engine will allow you to select practices according to more specific categories or types of contents, including more than sixty case studies developed within the Inclusive Cities Observatory initiative (a joint endeavour by the UCLG-CSIPDHR, the University College of London and the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra). The Resources section of this Knowledge Hub gathers useful publications, policy documents, international declarations and valuable learning resources.

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Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights - A/HRC/30/49 (2015)

Report developed by the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, adopted by the Council in 2016.

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Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City (2011)
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Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City (2011)

The first collective vision and roadmap by local governments worldwide on what local implementation of human rights meant on the ground and how could it be advanced.

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European Charter for Human Rights in the City
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European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City (2001)

The document that scaled-up human rights cities networking in Europe. It was adopted in 2001 in Saint Denis (France) as a follow-up to the Barcelona Cities for Rights Declaration (1998).

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UCLG-CSIPDHR Report on Local Governments and Human Rights
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UCLG-CSIPDHR Report on Local Governments and Human Rights

Developed as a contribution to the OHCHR's 2019 call for contributions on local governments and human rights initiatives.

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Local Governments for Human Rights: A Debate with the UN (2019)
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Local Governments for Human Rights: A Debate with the UN (2019)

A historical event which laid the foundations for a more structural dialogue between the UN and local governments on human rights.

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Human Rights in Utrecht

Human Rights in Utrecht (2011)

A compilation of policies implemented by Utrecht showing how the local government gives effect to international Human Rights Treaties.

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Local Government Initiatives to Prevent and Address Femicides and Violence Against Women (2021)

Local Government Initiatives to Prevent and Address Femicides and Violence Against Women (2021)

Contribution by the UCLG-CSIPDHR to the 2021 Call for Contributions by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.

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Urban Global Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities

Urban Global Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities (2016)

By Michelle Grigolo and Barbara Oomen.

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The UN-Sustainable Development Goals going local: learning from localising human rights (2021)

The UN-Sustainable Development Goals going local: learning from localising human rights (2021)

By Nicole L. Immler and Hans Sakkers.

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International Declaration

Gwangju Declaration on Human Rights City (2011)

The final declaration of the first World Human Rights Cities Forum which triggered the implementation of a local human rights system in Gwangju

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Madrid Human Rights Strategic Plan

Madrid Human Rights Strategic Plan (2017)

A 2017 initiative aimed at mainstreaming human rights in the local government of Madrid

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Local government debates on human rights and the right to the city (2017)

Local government debates on human rights and the right to the city (2017)

These were held in Madrid, Geneva and Gwangju, and gave a crucial follow-up to the Habitat III Conference.

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UN General Assembly

Resolution on Local Governments and Human Rights - A/HRC/RES/33/8 (2016)

Resolution on the UN "Local Governments and Human Rights" agenda adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2016.

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Gwangju Human Rights Charter

Gwangju Human Rights Charter (2012)

The first roadmap for Gwangju's implementation of its own local human rights system. Developed in close connection to the World Human Rights Cities Forum process.

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Human Rights Cities and Regions: Swedish and International Perspectives

Human Rights Cities and Regions: Swedish and International Perspectives (2017)

A publication by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights reflecting on Swedish and international human rights policy experiences.

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Gwangju, South Korea

Asian Human Rights Charter (1998)

Landmark document in the advance of human rights in the Asia Pacific region which ultimately influenced the regional movement of human rights cities. Adopted in Gwangju (South Korea) in 1998.

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UN General Assembly

OHCHR Report on Local Governments and Human Rights - A/HRC/42/22 (2019)

Report developed by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2019.

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Bogotá Human Development Plan (2012)

Bogotá Human Development Plan (2012)

A pioneer municipal plan inspired by the rights-based approach which transformed social inclusion policies in Bogotá and influenced the human rights cities movement.

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