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Background

The origins of the Committee lie in the first Local Authorities Forum for Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy (FAL): a space for reflecting and debating made up by progressive local authorities from all over the world. This event was held at the same time as the World Social Forum since 2001.

In 2005, a year after the creation of the new international organization of local governments United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), local authorities around the FAL decided to establish a more institutionalized working structure within a new world organization. This led to the creation of the Committee on Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy.

Since its beginnings, the Committee was present at various FAL events (Caracas, 2005; Nairobi, 2007, Belém do Pará, 2009 and Dakar, 2011) and maintained an on-going dialogue with international social movements and civil society in the international social forums held in those cities.

It thus became instrumental for streamlining political communications between debates held in these events and UCLG, while undertaking its own political initiatives based mainly on social inclusion and participatory democracy.

A third area, human rights, was added to the Committee's work soon afterwards, and was extensively developed with the production of two documents, the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City (formally adopted by the Florence UCLG World Council in 2011) and the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City (Saint-Denis, 2000).

As a result, five years after it was established, the Committee on Social Inclusion and Participative Democracy was renamed Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights.

See a Committee presentation video from 2010