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General Provisions

A. Objective

The Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City aims to promote and strengthen the human rights of all the inhabitants of all cities in the world.

B. Scope of Application

  • All Charter-Agenda provisions apply to all city inhabitants, individually and collectively, without discrimination. For purposes of this Charter-Agenda, all inhabitants are citizens without any distinction. Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited. A city inhabitant is any person that lives within its territory even if without fixed domicile.
  • The exercise of the rights enunciated in the present Charter- Agenda complements, develops and reinforces the rights that already exist at the national level by virtue of the constitution, the laws and the international obligations of the State.
  • City obligations listed in this instrument should be understood as the duties of local authorities and administration; in accordance with the powers they have been legally endowed.
  • A “city” is defined as a local government of any size: regions, urban agglomerations, metropolises, municipalities and other local authorities freely governed.
  • A “territory” is a managed area which falls directly or indirectly under the jurisdiction of the city.
  • The reference to “access” in different sections of this Charter- Agenda is to be understood from both a physical or material perspective (proximity) as well as an economic one (affordability).

C. Values and Principles

The Charter-Agenda is based on the following values and principles:

  • The dignity of every human being as a supreme value
  • Freedom, equality particularly between men and women, non- discrimination, recognition of differences, justice and social inclusion.
  • Democracy and citizen participation as the policy of cities
  • Universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights
  • Social and environmental sustainability
  • Cooperation and solidarity among all members of each city, as well as among all cities throughout the world
  • Shared and differentiated responsibility of the cities and their inhabitants, in accordance with abilities and means.