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II - Right to participatory democracy

1. All city inhabitants have the right to participate in political and city management processes, in particular:

a) To participate in the decision-making processes of local public policies;
b) To question local authorities regarding their public policies, and to assess them;
c) To live in a city that guarantees public transparency and accountability.
 
2. The city promotes a quality participation of its inhabitants in local affairs, ensures them access to public information, and recognizes their ability to impact on local decisions. The city particularly encourages the participation of women in full respect of the exercise of their rights. It encourages as well the participation of minority groups. It promotes the participation of children in affairs directly relevant to them. 
 
3. The city promotes the exercise of all its inhabitants' collective and individual rights. To this end, it facilitates the participation of civil society, including human rights protection associations, in the formulation of policies and the implementation of measures aimed at realizing the rights of its inhabitants.
 
4. City inhabitants participate in local affairs according to their abilities and means. They take part in decisions that concern them, and express their opinions towards other individuals and groups in a spirit of tolerance and pluralism. City inhabitants take on the local policy in terms of the common interest, for the benefit of the community.
 
Suggested Action Plan
 
Short-term:
 
a) Promote measures for participation in electoral processes.
b) Promote the political and social participation of people that do not enjoy the right to vote in local elections.
c) Establish mechanisms to provide all city inhabitants with access to transparent and accessible public information. In particular, essential information should be published in the city's most common languages.
d) Adoption of measures granting the freedom of movement and the ability to voice opposition when large public events are organized in the city.
e) Annual publication of a clearly drafted summary of the city’s budget and balance sheet.
f) Promote associations and social capital in the city via, among other means, the establishment of a system of public premises for the meetings of local entities, movements and associations.
 
Mid-term:
 
a) Establish a consultation process for the preparation of the budget.
b) Establish a system of citizen participation for the drafting of local projects, programs and policies, including the city's master plan and the local regulations on participation. Extension of the participatory methodology to the follow-up and evaluation of local policies.
c) Organize consultations open to all city inhabitants, when justified by the general interest issues presented.
d) Adoption of a system to petition the local authorities.
e) Promote before the competent national and international authorities the legal recognition of the right to vote in local elections for all the residents of the city, irrespective of their country of citizenship.