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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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International municipalism and the right to the city (2019)

International municipalism and the right to the city (2019)

A report developed by the CIDOB on the role of cities in the age of globalization.

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Report on International Conference on Human Rights Education and Training for the Civil and Public Sector (2014)

Report on International Conference on Human Rights Education and Training for the Civil and Public Sector (2014)

A publication by the Irish Human Rights Commission and the OHCHR.

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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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Participation without exclusion (OCPM)

Participation without exclusion (2017)

Learning from 15 years of Montreal Observatory on Public Consultation (OCPM)

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Forced Evictions and the Creation of the Lagos Mega-City: Estimating the Room for Manoeuvre

Forced Evictions and the Creation of the Lagos Mega-City: Estimating the Room for Manoeuvre (2020)

By Aderoju John Phillips.

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Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City (2015)

Bandung Charter of a Human Rights City (2015)

Local human rights declaration promoted by the former Mayor of Bandung in 2015.

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UCLG Durban Political Declaration (2019)

UCLG Durban Political Declaration (2019)

The guiding vision for UCLG's policy agenda adopted by the 2019 UCLG World Congress of Durban.

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UN Special Procedures

Report on the financialization of housing and the right to housing - A/HRC/34/51 (2017)

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

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Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of Montreal

Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (2006)

A landmark innovation for human rights cities, the Montreal Charter redefined the relationship between government and citizens based on rights and duties.

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Montreal’s Guide to Public Consultation - OCPM

Montreal’s Guide to Public Consultation (2016)

A guide to plan, implement and monitor local participatory democracy processes built upon Montreal's experience (OCPM).

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Advancing urban rights. Equality and diversity in the city (2019)

Advancing urban rights: Equality and diversity in the city (2019)

A report by CIDOB exploring emerging discourses and practices on equality and diversity in cities.

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Local government and human rights: doing good service (2005)

Local government and human rights: doing good service (2005)

A publication by the International Council on Human Rights Policy

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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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UN Special Procedures

Report on the right to housing of persons with disabilities - A/72/128 (2017)

Report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Farha.

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