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Part I - General provisions

Article I 

RIGHT TO THE CITY

1.   The city is a collective space belonging to all who live in it. These have the right to conditions which allow their own political, social and ecological development but at the same time accepting a commitment to solidarity.
 
2.   The municipal authorities encourage, by all available means, respect for the dignity of all and quality of life of the inhabitants.
 

Article II

PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY OF RIGHTS AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

 
1.   The rights contained in this Charter apply to all persons who inhabit the signatory cities, irrespective of their nationality, henceforth known as "citizens".
 
2.   These rights are guaranteed by the municipal authorities, without any discrimination with regard to colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political opinion, ethnic, national or social origin, or level of income.
 

Article III

RIGHT TO CULTURAL, LINGUISTIC AND RELIGIOUS  FREEDOM

 
1.   All citizens have the right to exercise their cultural, linguistic and religious freedom. The municipal authorities act, in collaboration with other administrations, to ensure that children who belong to minority linguistic groups can study their mother tongue.
 
2.   Freedom of conscience and individual and collective religious freedom are guaranteed by municipal authorities to all citizens. Within the limits of national legislation, the municipal authorities must take all necessary steps to ensure such rights, and at the same time are called upon to safeguard against the creation of ghettos.
 
3.   With regard to secular matters, the cities encourage mutual tolerance between believers and non-believers, as well as between the various religious communities.
 
4.   The municipal authorities are to preserve the history of their people and respect the memory of those who have died, guaranteeing to uphold the dignity of cemeteries.
 

Article IV

PROTECTION OF THE MOST VULNERABLE  GROUPS AND CITIZENS

 
1.   The most vulnerable groups and citizens have the right to enjoy special protection.
 
2.   The authorities shall take all necessary steps to help the disabled to fully integrate in the life of the city. Their dwellings and places of work and leisure must be adapted for them. Public transport must be accessible to everyone.
 
3.   The signatory cities adopt active policies in support of the most vulnerable of the population, guaranteeing each one the right of participation in civic life / citizenship.
 
4.   The cities adopt all the measures necessary to assist the social integration of all citizens, regardless of the reason for their vulnerability, thereby preventing discrimination against them.
 

Article V

DUTY OF SOLIDARITY

 
The local community is united by an obligation to mutual solidarity which is supported by the local authorities. The latter are engaged in promoting the development and quality of public services.
 

Article VI

INTERNATIONAL MUNICIPAL COOPERATION

 
1.   The cities promote mutual awareness of peoples and their cultures.
 
2.   The signatory cities undertake to co-operate with regional and local authorities from developing countries in the areas of infrastructure, protection of the environment, health, education and culture, and to involve the maximum number of citizens.
 
3.   The cities particularly encourage financial agents as well as the population at large to participate in co-operation programmes, with the purpose of developing a feeling of solidarity, eventually achieving full equality between peoples, which transcends urban and national frontiers.
 

Article VII

PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY

 
1.   The principle of subsidiarity which governs the areas of responsibility of the state, the regions and the cities, must be constantly negotiated and managed in a new and vigilant way to prevent the central state and other competent administrations from neglecting their own responsibilities in the cities.
 
2.   These negotiations should guarantee that public services operate more efficiently and on the administrative level closest to the people.