Overview of the 2009 CISDP Annual Meeting

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Social Inclusion and Participative Democracy Committee (CISDP) took place in Reggio Emilia (Italy) on 21 November 2009. Unlike other years, in 2009 the CISDP only met in full on one occasion, and to do so, it chose a particularly symbolic setting: the 9th Conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD).

The meeting was attended by 33 people representing 17 cities and institutions from Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Mexico.

The meeting included two debates which were guided by a participatory methodology, ensuring collective work of the highest quality. The first debate covered the production of a document on a common position on participation and defined the expectations of participants, the cornerstones of the document and the production process. The objective of the second debate was to produce contributions to the draft World Charter-Agenda on Human Rights in the City.
The meeting also considered various areas which the CISDP is currently working on: the creation of an International Observatory on Local Social Inclusion Policies, which will be possible thanks to support from Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council, the Generalitat (Government) of Catalonia, Malaga Provincial Council, FAMSI and Plaine Commune; the organisation of a Summit of Local Governments for the Eradication of Poverty (2011); and the promotion of the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City, the high point of which will be the 7th Conference of the Charter (7 - 9 October 2010, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina).
All the details of the meeting, and the conclusions of the two debates, are available in the following document: