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Part III - Economic, social and cultural rights in the city

Article XII

1.   The signatory cities consider social policies a decisive part of their policies for the protection of human rights and they undertake to guarantee these rights within the limits of their authority.
2.   Citizens are entitled to enjoy free and smooth access to general municipal services. For this reason the signatory cities oppose the privatisation of personal support services and
monitor to ensure that good quality basic services are made available in other areas of public the lowest possible and stable prices.
3.   The cities commit themselves to develop social policies, aimed expressly at the most disadvantaged, which would reject any form of exclusion but champion human dignity and equal rights.

Article XIII


1.   Citizens have the right to an education. The municipal authorities provide access to basic education for all children of school age. They encourage accessible adult education which corresponds with the values of democracy.
2.   The cities contribute to social integration and to multi-culture by making available to everyone without distinction public spaces, as well as spaces in further education establishments, schools and cultural centres.
3.   The municipal authorities raise public consciousness through education, particularly with regard to the struggle against sexism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

Article XIV


1.   Citizens have a right to enjoy sufficient financial recompense for a worthwhile occupation which guarantees a satisfactory quality of life.
2.   The municipal authorities strive towards the creation of full employment within their possibilities. To make the right to work an achievable goal, the signatory cities encourage the matching of supply and demand in the job market, and resolve to promote further education and the updating of skills in the work force. They develop measures with the unemployed in mind.
3.   The signatory cities undertake not to sign any municipal contract without including clauses
rejecting child labour and
illegal employment, whether involving nationals or foreign workers.
4.   The municipal authorities develop mechanisms, in collaboration with other public institutions and companies
to ensure equality for everyone at work, and
to prevent any discrimination on the grounds of nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in matters of salary, working conditions, right of participation, professional promotion or wrongful dismissal.
They promote equal opportunities in the workplace for women by making various structures available to them, such as nurseries, and for the handicapped by the installation of appropriate amenities and equipment.
5.   The municipal authorities encourage the creation of protected jobs for those individuals returning to the world of work and encourage in particular the creation of jobs in the areas of public service, the environment, social provision and adult education.

Article XV


1.   The citizens have a right to culture in all its expressions, forms and manifestations.
2.   The municipal authorities, in co-operation with cultural associations and the private sector, promote the development of urban cultural life with a respect for diversity. Suitable public spaces are at the disposal of citizens to use for cultural and social activities as they see fit, with equal conditions applying to all.

Article XVI


1.   All citizens have the right to a proper, safe and healthy home.
2.   The municipal authorities endeavour to ensure an appropriate supply of homes and infra- structure for all their inhabitants, without exception, within the limits of their financial resources. They must include measures encompassing the homeless which will guarantee their safety and dignity, as well as safeguard structures for women who are victims of violence or who are attempting to escape from prostitution.
3.   The municipal authorities guarantee the right of nomads to stay in the city under conditions which are compatible with human dignity.

Article XVII


1.   The municipal authorities encourage equal access for all citizens to medical and preventive health care.
2.   The municipal authorities adopt all necessary initiatives for public health with particular reference to preventive and active intervention measures where required.
3.   The signatory cities, through their actions in the spheres of economy, culture and social town planning, contribute in a general way to the promotion of health for all their inhabitants, with their active participation.

Article XVIII


1.   The citizens have a right to a healthy environment which seeks a sustainable balance between industrial development and the environment.
2.   To this end the municipal authorities take precautionary measures by creating policies of pollution prevention (including that of noise pollution). They promote energy saving, recycling or re-usage and guarantee refuse disposal. They extend and protect the green zones of the cities.
3.   The municipal authorities put into practice all the actions necessary for citizens to
appreciate and care for the countryside surrounding their city. At the same time they enable the citizens to be consulted over any changes affecting this landscape.
4.   The municipal authorities develop specific teaching strategies for presenting the theme of environmental protection, particularly aimed at children.

Article XIX


1.   The citizens have a right to an ordered town planning development which guarantees a harmonious relationship between residential areas, public services and amenities, and green areas.
2.   The municipal authorities, with citizen participation, deliver a system of town planning and administration which sustains a balance between urban development and the environment.
3.   In this context they pledge to respect the natural, historic, architectural, cultural and artistic heritage of the cities by actively seeking the restoration and reuse of existing buildings.

Article XX


1.   The local authorities recognise the right of the citizens to have a transport system in keeping with the desired tranquillity of the city. To this end they develop a public transport system accessible to all and incorporating a system of city and inter city links. They manage motor traffic and see to it that it runs smoothly and in harmony with the environment.
2.   The municipalities rigorously control the emission of all types of noise and vibrations. They define those permanent pedestrian areas and those restricted to certain times of the day and encourage the use of environmentally friendly vehicles.
3.   The signatory cities undertake to set aside resources to help fulfil these rights, calling upon where appropriate, financial co-operation between local authorities, private business and society in general.

Article XXI


1.   The cities recognise the right of citizens to leisure time.
2.   The local authorities guarantee quality leisure spaces for all children without discrimination.
3.   The municipal authorities facilitate participation in sports activities, and provide accessible facilities for all.
4.   The municipal authorities encourage sustainable tourism and oversee the balance between city tourism on the one hand and the social and ecological wellbeing of the citizens on the other.

Article XXII


Within the limits of their authority, the cities uphold consumers' rights. To this end, and with reference to foodstuffs, they guarantee the supervision of weights and measures, the quality and composition of products and the accuracy of information with regard to sell-by dates.