Invitation to the Forum
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Invitation to the Forum
  • The City of Gwangju has been hosting the annual World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) since 2011 to uphold the spirits of the May 18th Democratization Movement of 1980 and declaration of Asia Human Rights Charter of 1998 in Gwangju as well as to realize the vision of the human rights cities.
  • The Concept of ‘Human Rights City' triggered by the WHRCF has been accepted by the UN Human Rights Council as the agenda of 'Local Governments and Human Rights', and the UN Human Rights Council will adopt the 'Local Governments and Human Rights Report', reexamining the meaning of Local governments and human rights and practical results.
  • The 2019 Forum seeks to answer the following three questions in order to realize the value of human rights, communities, and solidarity in an integrated manner. First, how can we strengthen an effective and practical human rights protection system at local level? Second, how can we re-organize human rights issues and practices to improve the quality of life of local people? Third, how can we establish multi-layered human rights solidarity on global level? The Forum will help redesign human rights systems and mechanisms which can substantially enhance the human rights of citizens and additionally international solidarity among local governments, NGOs, and citizens.
  • The forum comprises 34 programs in eight categories. For example, two plenary sessions will deal with recent policies and practices of human rights cities and find the ways to cooperate among human rights cities while reviewing the contents of the ‘Local Governments and Human Rights Report’ to UN OHCHR this year. A Special Session will explore the possibility of connecting and integrating diverse policies such as SDGs, Right to the City, and measures on hate and discrimination. The Gwangju Human Rights City 2030 Workshop is organized as a venue for planning the future of human rights cities by sharing research results, experiences, and long-term visions of collaborating organizations and experts.
  • Network Sessions will include the UCLG-CISDP Annual Meeting, the Network of Human Rights Activists, and the Human Rights Local Government Officials Workshop. Thematic sessions will handle gender, the elderly, disability, immigrants, social economy, children, environment, and state violence. Two training sessions will be held: a course on Local Government and Human Rights and a course on the Right to the City. Furthermore, there will also be a human rights discussion group, human rights paper sessions, and the tour to the Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 as well as the May 18 Democratization Movement sites including the May 18th National Cemetery.
  • The 2019 Forum will be an opportunity for you to enhance the specialty of human rights and expand the network with other like-minded human rights experts and activists from around the world.
  • Sincerely,
  • LEE Yong-sup
    Mayor, Gwangju Metropolitan City

  • Period
  • September 30, ~ October 3, 2019
  • Venue
  • Kimdaejung Convention Center
  • Theme
  • Local Governments and Human Rights
    Reimaging Human Rights Cities
  • Hosts
  • 광주광역시청
    국가인권위원회
    광주광역시교육청
  • Organizers
  • 광주국제교류센터
    UCLG-CISDP
    공백
  • Overseas Cooperation
  • 유엔인권최고대표사무소(OHCHR)
    라울발렌베리연구소
    아시아개발연대(ADA)
    아시아민주주의네트워크
    유엔 최고인권이사회(HRC) 자문위원회
  • Cooperation host
  • 주한스웨덴대사관
    광주전남발전연구원
    한국인권학회
    한국인권재단
    Gsef 국제사회적경제협의체
    전남대학교 공익인권법센터
    광주로
    광주환경운동연합
    광주장애우권익문제연구소
    광주장애인차별철폐연대
    한국노인의전화 광주지회 광주남구시니어클럽
    다누리콜 광주센터
    민주인권교육센터
    다문화평화교육연구소
    광주외국인노동자센터
    사단법인 이주가족복지회
    광주이주민건강센터
    광주전남여성단체연합
    전남대학교 5·18연구소
    광주트라우마센터
    제주평화인권연구소 왓
    광주사회적경제지원센터
    북구다문화가족지원센터
    공간 엘리사벳
    광주인권지기활짝
    (사)광주여성인권지원센터
  • Sponsor Organization
  • 교육부
    외교부
    법무부
    유네스코한국위원회
    APCIEU
    코이카국제협력단
    아모레퍼시픽
    보해양조