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International seminar of local governments for the Right to the City

The UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and the city of Mexico are pleased to invite you to the International seminar of local governments for the Right to the City, which will take place from 20 to 22 April 2015, in Mexico CityThe first bi-annual meeting of the Committee will also take place on this occasion. 

The seminar has been 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 is 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 – 18th May 2014). 

Based on the ways that local governments are implementing the right to the city through public policies, this seminar will focus on strengthening the network of local government for the promotion of fair, democratic, inclusive and sustainable cities towards the definition of the New Global Urban Agenda (UN-Habitat Summit, Quito, 2016). To this end, it will also be an opportunity to enhance strategic alliances between local governments, civil society and the academic sector to reduce the social inequalities brought about by unplanned rapid urbanization processes. 

This seminar aims to be an open space for exchanges between civil society, the academic sector, international organizations and representatives of local governments committed to the Right to the City. It will include several international speakers on all issues related to the concrete implementation of this right: planning, housing, participation, gender equality, cities for all, and united and inclusive metropolises. Furthermore, Mexico City will propose field visits.     

Finally, the International seminar of local governments for the Right to the City is also an opportunity to promote concrete tools such as the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City and to progress on its implementation.