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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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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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UN General Assembly
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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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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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Co-Creating Local Policies to Realize Women Rights (2019)
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Co-Creating Local Policies to Realize Women Rights (2019)

Reporting on an event addressing violence against women in cities held in the context of the 2019 IOPD Conference (Iztapalapa).

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UN Special Procedures
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Report on COVID-19 and the right to adequate housing: impacts and the way forward - A/75/148 (2020)

By the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal

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Contribution to the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Right to Housing (2020)
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Contribution to the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Right to Housing (2020)

Contribution by the UCLG-CSIPDHR and UCLG-GOLD to the dedicated report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing.

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Cities for Adequate Housing Declaration (2018)
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Cities for Adequate Housing Declaration (2018)

A landmark declaration adopted by more than 40 local governments which brought the right to housing at the heart of local and global agendas.

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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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Migrant women
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Report on migrant women in cities and the role of local governments (2020)

Summary of discussions held during the 2020 multi-stakeholder dialogue on migrant women in cities.

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Local Citizenship and Migration
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Local Citizenship and Migration (2021)

Peer Learning note on "Local Citizenship and Migration". It contains local government practices on human rights and participatory democracy.

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Competitive Metropolises and the Prospects for Spatial Justice
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Competitive Metropolises and the Prospects for Spatial Justice (2016)

A transformative approach to metropolization and global agendas: Developed with the LAVUE institute.

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Rethinking Housing Policies (2019)
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Rethinking Housing Policies (2019)

Harnessing local innovation to address the global housing crisis. A report developed by the GOLD team after UCLG's Wave of Action on Housing.

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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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Unveiling the Right to the City

Unveiling the Right to the City (2017)

The main goal of this publication is "to give back to the right to the city concept its emancipatory power" by analyzing emerging local and international alternatives.

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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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Mexico City Declaration on the Right to the City (2015)

Mexico City Declaration on the Right to the City (2015)

Final declaration of the Mexico City Seminar of Local Governments for the Right to the City. Key milestone towards the Habitat III campaign in favour of the right to the city.

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UCLG Manifesto on the Future of Housing (2019)

UCLG Manifesto on the Future of Housing (2019)

UCLG's renewed policy position on housing adopted by the World Congress of 2019 held in Durban.

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