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International seminar of local governments for the Right to the City

From 20 to 22 April 2015, the International seminar of local governments for the Right to the City took place in Mexico City, co-organized by the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and Mexico City.

The seminar was organized at the initiative of the Government of Mexico City, which has been implementing the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City since 2010. The seminar was in line with the 1st World Summit of Local Governments for the Right to the City (Saint-Denis, 2012) and the 4th World Human Rights Cities Forum (Gwangju, 15th – 18thMay 2014).

This seminar aimed at exchanging concrete experiences between local governments to move forward the right to the city and strengthening the network of local governments committed to fair, democratic, inclusive and sustainable cities. This was also an opportunity to enhance strategic alliances between local governments, civil society and academic sector, towards the definition of the New Global Urban Agenda (UN-Habitat Summit, Quito, 2016).

The Seminar of Local Governments for the Right to the City gathered more than 20 international speakers on all issues related to the concrete implementation of the right to the city: planning, settlement, participation, gender equality, cities for all, united and inclusive metropolis. Furthermore, Mexico City proposed field visits.

The first 2015 biannual meeting of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights was also held on this occasion, with the election of new co-presidents and the adoption of the 2015 action plan.