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.
LEE Yong-sup Mayor, Gwangju Metropolitan City
September 30, ~ October 3, 2019
Kimdaejung Convention Center
Local Governments and Human Rights Reimaging Human Rights Cities
주 최: 광주광역시, 국가인권위원회, 광주광역시교육청, 한국국제협력단 주 관: 광주국제교류센터, UCLG-CISDP