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Local Government Delegation to the UN Human Rights Council

Monday, 4 September, 2017

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights is hosting a High-Level Panel discussion on "Local Government and Human Rights" on 4th September at the Palais des Nations, Genève. The UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights is organising a local government delegation that will bring the voice of Human Rights Cities. In the same day, the Committee is also organising a side event in partnership with INFID, Asia Democracy Network and the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation called "Envisioning the UN Guiding Principles on Local Governments and Human Rights: Learning from Human Rights Cities"

In view of its background promoting the vision of Human Rights Cities, the Committee actively took part, in 2014, in the drafting of a United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee report on the Role of local government in the promotion and protection of human rights, which was finally presented in 2015 during the 30th session of the Council. This work was followed one year later by a side event held during the 33rd session of the Council, which reinforced the vision of human rights cities and led to a resolution that recognized “the role of local governments in the promotion and protection of human rights.

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 Human Rights Council 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 government 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