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Envisioning the UN Guiding Principles on Local Government and Human Rights; learning from Human Rights cities

Monday, 4 September, 2017

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights is organizing a panel discussion on Local Governments and Human Rights on 4 September 2017. 

After its 2016 Resolution, the Human Rights Council decided to convene “between its thirty-fifth and thirty-six sessions” a panel discussion focused on identifying “ways in which local government can promote, protect and fulfil human rights effectively”. In line with this resolution, an intersessional panel discussion is finally going to take place next 4th September in Genève’s HRC headquarters.

Taking into consideration the importance of this panel discussion, the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights is organizing a local governments’ delegation that will bring the voice and experience of human rights cities to the sessions. During the panel celebration, the Committee representatives will first deliver a statement emphasising the need to take into account local governments in the protection, promotion and guarantee of human rights, at the same time they share their experience in realizing universal rights in their territories with inhabitants’ participation. In the same day, the Committee will also organise, in coordination with partner organisations INFID, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Asia Democracy Network, the side event “Envisioning the UN Guiding Principles on Local Government and Human Rights; learning from Human Rights cities”. 

Geneva, Switzerland