Presentation of the Charter-Agenda to the Executive Bureau in Mexico

Bureau Mexico

On 17 November, the CSIPD presented the Global Charter-Agenda on Human Rights in the City in UCLG´s Executive Bureau meeting. This initiative has been promoted since 2007 with the political support of the Region of Pays de la Loire and the city of Nantes (France) through their International Secretariat for Human Rights (SPDIH).

In order to promote the implementation of local policies for safeguarding human rights, the Charter-Agenda not only includes a list of rights that cities undertake to protect, but also various specific initiatives to be undertaken to put each of the rights stipulated in the text into practice. After the production of a first draft by an international group of experts (2007-2008), the Charter was subjected to an extensive process of political debate between representatives of local governments, experts and members of civil society (2009-2010), and is now being presented to all the members of the UCLG for discussion.

Ms. Monique Rabin, Vice-President of the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, participated in the Executive Bureau meeting on behalf of the CSIPD and presented the initiative to its members. The document was widely supported and it was decided to recommend its formal adoption in the next World Council meeting (Florence, 2011).