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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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The Rome Charter on Cultural Rights (2020)

The Rome Charter on Cultural Rights (2020)

A landmark Charter for the advance of cultural rights from a local government perspective.

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Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy

Social inclusion and participatory democracy: From the conceptual discussion to local action (2010)

A publication developed with Barcelona's IGOP and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

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The Role of Local Authorities in the Social Inclusion of Migrants (2017)

The Role of Local Authorities in Promoting the Social Inclusion of Migrants (2017)

Focus on interculturality and interreligious dialogue. Reflecting on the outcomes of a Peer Learning event held in Lisbon (MC2CM project).

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A typology of local governments’ engagement with human rights

A typology of local governments’ engagement with human rights: Legal pluralist contributions to international law and human rights (2020)

By Elif Durmuş.

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Using Human Rights Assessments in Local Governance (2014)

Using Human Rights Assessments in Local Governance (2014)

Prepared by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute under the auspices of the "Human Rights at Home" Campaign of 2014

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Frontier Cities: The Rise of Local Authorities as an Opportunity for International Human Rights Law (2018)

Frontier Cities: The Rise of Local Authorities as an Opportunity for International Human Rights Law (2018)

By Barbara Oomen

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UN Special Procedures

Report on Local Governments and the Right to Housing - A/HRC/28/62 (2014)

By the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha

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International Declaration

World Charter for the Right to the City (2005)

International initiative developed throughout the early 2000's in various World Social Forums. It provided a landmark contribution to global debates on urban justice and social inclusion.

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The Rights-based Approach through the Bogotá Humana Plan (2016)

The Rights-based Approach through the Bogotá Humana Plan (2016)

Monitoring policies on Early Childhood, Older People and Homelessness inspired by the rights-based approach.

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Good Governance Practices for the Protection of Human Rights (2007)

Good Governance Practices for the Protection of Human Rights (2007)

A publication by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Boston Human Rights Resolution (2011)

A pioneer resolution adopted by the City Council of Boston committing the city to call attention to human rights violations around the world and promote the importance of educating citizens.

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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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(Re)thinking housing provision by local governments for Informal Settler Families in Metro Cebu, Philippines (2020)

(Re)thinking housing provision by local governments for Informal Settler Families in Metro Cebu, Philippines (2020)

By Yuka Aota

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Human Rights Cities by Barbara Oomen and Moritz Baumgärtel (2014)

Human Rights Cities (2014)

by Barbara Oomen and Moritz Baumgärtel.

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Barcelona Methodological Guide on Human Rights Cities (2019)

Barcelona Methodological Guide on Human Rights Cities (2019)

A publication by the Human Rights Department of Barcelona.

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UN Special Procedures

Report on homelessness as a global human rights crisis that demands an urgent responses - A/HRC/31/54 (2015)

By the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha.

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International Declaration

Final Declaration of the FAL Forum (2006)

Final Declaration of the Forum of Local Authorities for Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy (FAL) held in Caracas in 2006.

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GOLD IV Report on the Global Agendas of Metropolises, Cities and Territories

GOLD IV Report on the Global Agendas of Metropolises, Cities and Territories

The fourth GOLD Report published in 2016.

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