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10.06 (WED) *Pre-Forum
*Each Session will be held based on Korean Standard Time (KST).
  • 13:00 ~ 15:00

    06:00~08:00 CET

  • Live Streaming
    Human Rights Cities and Public Diplomacy
    • Moderator
    • SONG Jinho [Korea, Board Member of Pyeongchang Peace Foundation]
    • Congratultory Remarks
    • SHIN Hochang [Korea, President of the Korean Association for Public Diplomacy]
      YOON Yeocheol [Korea, International Relations Abassador of Gwangju Metropolitan City]
    • Discussants
    • JEONG Gyunglok [Korea, Head of Human Rights Exchange Team of Gwangju Metropolitan City Democracy and Human Rights Division]
      LEE Kibong [Korea, Secretary-General of the May 18 Memorial Foundation]
      YI Minhong [Korea, Director of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Diplomacy Division]
      KIM Taekyoon [Korea, Professor of Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies]
    • Organizer
    • The Korean Association for Public Diplomacy
    Human Rights Cities and Local Government Public Diplomacy (City Diplomacy) - Current Status and Future Challenges
    The trajectory of the World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) for the past decade is recognized as the living history and ‘successful’ example of the international solidarity among cities based on human rights and expansion of human rights cities.

    Systematically reflecting on such experiences from the standpoint of the public diplomacy for local municipal governments (i.e.‘city diplomacy’) and seeking future development roadmap is a pivotal task in order to enhance the effectiveness of international cooperation projects of other local governments in Korea.

    It would be particularly meaningful to make comparisons with other local international forums including the Jeju Forum, Busan Democracy Forum, Pyeongchang Peace Forum, and DMZ Forum to understand their strengths and areas to improve and accordingly devise mid-to-long term development roadmap would greatly contribute to the growth of city diplomacy in Korea.

    It is also critical to cooperate with the Korean Association for Public Diplomacy to theorize and spread the discourse of local public diplomacy so that such issues are reflected in the next administration’s government agenda, and eventually pave the way for a systematic enhancement of local public diplomacy.

    Furthermore, based on such experiences and theorization, we intend to explore the possibilities of developing and introducing professional expert training course in the field of local government public diplomacy.

    The upcoming World Human Rights Cities Forum marks the 5th forum on local government public diplomacy organized this year by the Korean Association for Public Diplomacy. Building on from previous discussions, it will focus on the current status and challenges of human rights cities and local governments (cities) public diplomacy.
  • 14:00 ~ 15:35

    07:00~10:30 CET

  • Blended Learning Course on Local Governments and Human Rights (BLC)
    • Moderators
    • Helena Olsson [Sweden, Senior Programme Officer of Raoul Wallenberg Institute]
      Windi Arini [Indonesia, Programme Officer of Raoul Wallenberg Institute]
      Hendra Adi [Indonesia, Training Coordinator of UCLG ASPAC]
    • Opening Remarks
    • Morten Kjaerum [Sweden, Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institute]
    • Speaker
    • Seree Nonthasoot [Thailand, Committee Member of UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights]
    • Facilitators
    • Jasmin Regino [The Philippines, Director IV Protection Cluster of Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines]
      Ray Paolo J. Santiago [The Philippines, Executive Director of Ateneo Human Rights Center]
    • Participants
    • Joyce Sy [The Philippines, Planning Officer II of Makati City]
      Maolen Karla Boholano [The Philippines, Project Evaluation Officer IV of City of Calamba]
      Soleil Erika Manzano [The Philippines, Program Officer of Special Projects Programs, Project and Policy Department of Quezon City]
      Flordelis Jubay [The Philippines, City Planning and Development Officer of Island Garden City of Samal]
      Maria Beth Saida Manlapaz [The Philippines, Planning Officer IV of Malabon City]
      Jo Honey Ado [The Philippines, Clerk I or City Planning & Development of Tagum City]
      Luz Laureta-Balisong [The Philippines, Baguio City]
      April Jane Rosario [The Philippines, Planning Officer II of Island Garden City of Samal]
      Merewyn Sadjail [The Philippines, Proiect Development Officer II of City Planning & Development Office of Isabela City]
      Nurul Hidayah Binti Zawawi [Malaysia, Town Planner of Kuala Lumpur]
      Katrina Orticio [The Philippines, Social Welfare Officer III of Masbate City]
    • Organizer
    • Raoul Wallenberg Institute, UCLG ASPAC, Gwangju Metropolitan City
    Completion of the Blended Learning Course for Local Goverments: Localising Human Rights and SDGs for Inclusive Recovery and Resilience
    After a joint-pilot course in 2019, RWI in collaboration with the City of Gwangju and the United Cities and Local Government Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), has been organizing Blended Learning Course (BLC) for local governments in the Asia Pacific on the localisation of human rights in SDG processes, in conjunction with the World Human Rights City Forum (WHRCF). The 3rd BLC BLC under the theme Blended Learning Course (BLC) for Local Governments: Localising Human Rights and SDGs for Inclusive Recovery and Resilience.

    This BLC is aimed at introducing the concepts, experiences, and network on localising human rights in the SDGs process to the local governments across Asia Pacific, members of UCLG ASPAC, and how to leverage it in reshaping city planning to achieve sustainable and more inclusive recovery for urban resilience. The 2021 BLC participants include 22 officials of local governments from the Asia-Pacific region representing the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Maldives and Kiribati.
  • 16:00 ~ 17:30

    09:00~10:30 CET

  • Live Streaming
    WHRCF Opening Concert: Human for Human
    • Organizer
    • Gwangju International Center
    WHRCF Opening Concert to lift spirits of citizens during COVID-19 Pandemic
    This year's opening concert of the World Human Rights Cities Forum, focusing on the theme of "human", will provide ground for international exchange through classical music performances by Korean and international musicians living in Gwangju.
    We hope to turn the crisis COVID-19 has brought to our society into an opportunity to work together to protect and strengthen the human rights of people all around the world, as well as to create safer and healthier societies.
  • 16:00 ~ 18:00

    09:00~11:00 CET

  • Live Streaming
    UNESCO City Art-Lab
    • Moderator
    • Sue Vize [Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific of UNESCO]
      Amina Hamshari [UNESCO Programme Specialist]
    • Organizer
    • UNESCO Asia-Pacific Coalition of Cities Against Discrimination (UNESCO APCAD), Gwangju International Center
    City Art-Lab: Cities Promoting Human Rights through Art
    Cities are the main global hosts for arts venues and activities including theatres, museums and other public spaces. The Art-Lab concept uses artistic spaces to raise awareness and create discussion on Human Rights and social inclusion. Launched at the Palais des Hommes in Paris on 10 December 2018, Art-Lab is a space that enables wide community engagement on a range of social issues. Artists promote concepts of inclusion, justice and social cohesion through performance, design and dialogue. This can both be through the process of creation itself involving community as partners in creation, and through the presentation of art. UNESCO promotes the participation of people from vulnerable communities in Art-Lab to ensure their perspectives are included and they have equal opportunities to participate
  • 16:00 ~ 18:00

    09:00~11:00 CET

  • Live Streaming
    Localizing Human Rights with SDGs – Voluntary Local Review (VLR)
    • Moderator
    • Anselmo Lee [Korea, Regional Coordinator of Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD)]
    • Welcoming Remarks
    • Ichal Supriadi [Thailand, Secretary-General of Asia Democracy Network (ADN)]
    • Speakers
    • Bernadia Tjandradewi [Indonesia, Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC]
      Joshua Cooper [USA, CEO of the GOOD Group]
      Sugeng Bahagijo [Indonesia, Director of International NGO Forum On Indonesian Development (INFID)]
      Arjun Bhattarai [Nepal, Deputy Secretary-General of NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN)]
      OH Soogil [Korea, Professor of the Cyber University of Korea]

      Local SDGs and Goal 16 in Korean Local Governments

    • Organizer
    • Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD), Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asia Development Alliance (ADA), Civil Society Development Association (ARGO), International Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID)
    Promoting Human Rights with SDGs Locally - Localizing the SDG 16 Plus
    Localizing Human Rights with SDGs ? Voluntary Local Review (VLR)

    The Session on “Localizing Human Rights with SDGs – Voluntary Local Review (VLR)” is a joint initiative of the Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD) in partnership with the Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asia Development Alliance (ADA), ARGO, International Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Asia-Pacific, Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN)-Korea, and Local Sustainability Alliance of Korea (LSAK) at the 11th World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) held in Gwangju in a hybrid manner on 6 to 9 Oct. 2021.

    It aims at promoting the SDGs locally through human rights-based approach with the specific objectives, i) Setting the agenda of integrating and localizing SDGs with human rights through the SDG 16+ approach, ii) Promoting networking among CSOs engaged in SDGs and human rights locally in Asia and iii) Developing discourse and tools on integration of SDGs, human rights and democracy on the local level

    It is a widely shared wisdom that localizing SDGs through human rights-based approach is a key for successful implementation of the UN Decade of Action to Deliver the SDGs by 2030 in the context of the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, participatory democracy and citizen participation in local governance are also key for effective response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and human rights-based approach need to guide the recovery process. In this regard, participatory budgeting system can be a good example for participatory and inclusive local governance.

    Human rights city has played a leading role in promoting human rights locally but faces challenges in effectively improving citizens’ lives – economically, socially and environmentally through human rights-based approach.

    In this regard, the human rights city agenda needs to be linked to and aligned with the SDGs at the local level, especially through the SDG 16 Plus approach. Civil society organizations (CSO) can and should play a catalyst role in promoting the SDGs locally with human rights through the SDG 16+ approach in line with the human rights city agenda and initiatives in partnership with local governments.

    The proposed session is the first step for jointly exploring the possibility of independent Voluntary Local Review (VLR) and/or Voluntary Sub-national Review (VSR) of the SDGs implementation in partnership between the UCLG ASPAC and CSOs in Asia.
  • 19:00 ~ 21:00

    12:00~14:00 CET

  • Live Streaming
    Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City
    • Opening Remarks
    • LEE Yong-sup [Korea, Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City]
      Linda Voortman [Netherlands, Deputy Mayor of City of Utrecht]
    • Moderators
    • Bernadia Tjandradewi [Indonesia, Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC]
      Windi Arini [Indonesia, Programme Officer of Raoul Wallenberg Institute]
    • Organizer
    • UCLG-CISDP, UCLG ASPAC, Gwangju Metropolitan City
    Asia-Pacific Region Consultation on the Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City: Local Experiences and Perspectives on Human Rights
    Human rights have played an ever-increasing role in local government agendas and regional cooperation dynamics in Asia over the last decades.

    The Asian Human Rights Charter adopted in Gwangju in 1998 was a key landmark for Asian human rights activists in the region. It symbolized an unprecedented effort by regional stakeholders to not only look at human rights from a specific, Asian perspective, but to explore also alternative pathways for the effective promotion and implementation of human rights.

    This crucial initiative, which was particularly marked by key events such as the advance of democratization in countries like South Korea or Indonesia and the Asian financial crisis, ultimately laid the foundations of the human rights cities’ movement in Asia.

    The Asia consultation on the update process of the UCLG Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City will be held on the occasion of the 11th WHRCF of Gwangju. It will focus on assessing the latest developments of the human rights cities’ movement in Asia in the light of more than two decades of action. It will gather inputs from local leaders and human rights defenders to explore the region’s specificities, lessons learnt and key messages for policymaking and advocacy.

    It will focus on local government and civil society initiatives, as well as successful multi-level cooperation schemes. As a result, it hopes to bring all these valuable inputs to the UCLG process of updating the Global Charter-Agenda 10 years after its adoption, towards the establishment of a new roadmap on human rights by local governments and local human rights defenders.

    The process to gather inputs for the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City update is led by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights (CSIPDHR). On the occasion of Gwangju’s WHRCF, the Committee seeks to highlight Asian actors’ contribution to the human rights cities’ movement: A key region set to play a fundamental role in shaping the global understanding and roadmap on human rights which UCLG aspires to articulate.
  • 21:00 ~ 22:00

    14:00~15:00 CET

  • Live Streaming
    UNESCO ICCAR Global Steering Committee Panel
    • Moderator
    • Angela Melo [Policies and Programmes Director of UNESCO]
    • Speaker
    • Benedetto Zacchiroli [Italy, President of European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR)]

      Erias Lukwago [Uganda, Mayor of Kampala]

      SHIN Gyonggu [Korea, Senior Advisor for HR & International Affairs of Gwangju Metropolitan City]

      Fabiana Goyeneche [Uruguay, Director of International Relations and Cooperation Government of Montevideo]

      David Schimpky [Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission to UNESCO]

      Khadijetou Hamed [Mauritania, Technical Officer of the Support to the Nouakchott Region for Resilient and Equitable Sustainable Development (ARENDDRE)]

      Laura Waxman [USA, Director of Public Safety of the US Conference of Mayors]

    • Organizer
    • UNESCO International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (UNESCO ICCAR), Gwangju International Center
    Solidarity and resilience at the heart of cities’ actions in the context of COVID-19
    In the long and arduous work of shifting global paradigms and changing mindsets to create a world in which racism and discrimination are problems of the past, cities have proven to be critical and immensely valuable global actors and partners. In the midst of the many crises caused or exacerbated by Covid-19, cities have come together in solidarity to craft social commitments and contracts that have proven monumental in what they can achieve. Additionally, these demonstrations of solidarity have shown to contribute greatly to a city’s resilience and ability to both stay strong in times of difficulty, but also to grow and improve. This plenary meeting is proposed as an opportunity to celebrate solidarity, resilience, and efforts made by and between cities in this global fight against racism and discrimination, as well as to share best practices for future partnerships and programmes in the “next normal”.

    Messaging around solidarity and global commitment at the level of cities is not just uplifting discourse but has proven to be crucial. The current global context has highlighted how solidarity among humanity is a key component of response and recovery to crises, and an essential component in the new normal. And with the resilience that accompanies solidarity comes the strength and space to respond quickly and effectively and build back even better than before.

    UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR, has been aiming to put the spotlight on global solidarity and collaboration to promote inclusive urban development free from all forms of discrimination. The Coalition was launched by UNESCO in 2004 following the call made for a common front in the global fight against racial discrimination. Since its inception, ICCAR has developed into an active global front against racism and discriminations with over 500 members across the globe. ICCAR stands out as a unique city-level platform in the UN system and in the international community that tackles a wide range of initiatives including policymaking, capacity-building and awareness-raising activities. Studying the movements of ICCAR members since the start of the pandemic highlights exactly the types of resilience and responses to the “next normal” that this plenary session hopes to address.

    In the context of Covid-19, across continents, ICCAR cities have conducted emergency relief efforts to the most vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic. The programmes have been wide ranging and the results astounding, and a large number of these actions have been conducted with partners including civil society organizations. Cities have stepped forward to provide housing facilities for the homeless during lockdown, and food baskets to the needy, ensuring they have access to essentials. When transportation is disrupted due to travel restrictions, cities have offered vehicles to transport patients needing frequent care, including many elderly individuals. Cities have acknowledged the need to support families in this trying time and many programmes have been created including free care services for children with working parents and financial support offered to low-income families. Cities have also become quite creative in their responses. In addition to ensuring that the needs and rights of those most vulnerable, including indigenous populations, are supported and protected, cities have found ways to engage and keep them active despite the very sedentary, solitary nature of quarantine. Programmes inviting citizens to stay active, safe, and healthy have made sure to be inclusive in their approach, offering activities that take into account the needs of specific groups, including persons with disabilities. Artistic and cultural programmes during the lockdown, including those conducted with youth associations, have also been organized by local governments. These examples all demonstrate the power and effectiveness of city level initiatives and highlight how many valuable insights and guidelines cities have to share with each other.

    This panel will examine the ways in which cities have exemplified acts, policies, commitments, and responses of solidarity so that cities can continue to learn from each other as well as highlight the crucial messaging of solidarity, especially at such a trying time as this one. The panel will aim to discuss perspectives on how to face this “next normal”, a discussion that will both acknowledge the reality of the challenges that lie ahead as well as highlight this unique and critical opportunity for growth and change.

    With the above in mind, the objectives of this panel will be to.

    1) Foster dialogue around solidarity, sharing data and best practices at the city level that have demonstrated effectiveness in the fight against racism and discrimination and creation of inclusive spaces as well as resilience in the face of hardship.
    2) Present guidelines that cities from all regions can follow when working to develop inclusive and anti-racist social policies, practices, and programmes with an emphasis on those that respond to the “next normal”.
    3) Encourage partnerships and solidarity between cities who share a commitment to fight racism and discrimination, especially in ways that respond to and address the current context of the pandemic.