10.06 (WED)
  • 10:00 ~ 16:00

  • Live Streaming
    Human Rights Paper Presentation
    • Moderator
    • Robert Grotjohn [USA, Former Professor of Chonnam National University Department of English Literature]
      KIM Seonghoon [Korea, Professor of Chonnam National University Department of English Literature]
      KIM Yeonmin [Korea, Professor of Chonnam National University Department of English Literature]
      Alejandro Fuentes [Argentina, Senior Researcher of Raoul Wallenberg Institute]
    • Speaker
    • Mary Levine [USA, Researcher of Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law at RULE]

      Stefanny Justinico [Colombia, LLM of Northeastern University School of Law]

      Pilar Espinosa [Mexico, Founder of Radiografías por Mexico]

      Michelle C. Castillo [Philippines, Researcher of UPNCPAG Center for Local and Regional Governance]

      Marie Chan-Tayo [Philippines, Researcher of UPNCPAG Center for Local and Regional Governance]

      Shahnawaz [Pakistan, Doctoral Student of Sogang University ]

      Boravin Tann [Cambodia, Lecturer of Royal University of Law and Economics]

      Sophorn Tuy [Cambodia, Researcher of Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law at RULE]

      Giovanni Hutauruk [Indonesia, Student of Lampung University]

      Md. Saimum Talukder [Bangladesh, Senior Lecturer of BRAC University School of Law]

      Joanna Arriola [Philippines, Communication Strategist of WiseOwl Management Consultancy]

      Michaella Ortega [Philippines, Communication Manager of WiseOwl Management Consultancy]

      Alireza Azadfar [Iran, Researcher of Sistan and Bluchestan University]

      Livia Perschy [Austria, Junior Researcher of European Training and Research Centre for HR and Democracy ]

      Emma Lennhammer [Sweden, Postgraduate Student in Human Rights Law of Bristol University]

      Tatenda Kerina Zvobgo [Zimbabwe, Legal Intern of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum]

      Lynnet Phiri [Zimbabwe, Legal Projects Associate of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum]

    • Organizer
    • Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Chonnam National University Education and Research Program for Fostering Cultural Memory Curators, Gwangju International Center
    Human Rights Cities’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Localization of Human Rights Based Solutions for the Development of Inclusive Societies.
    Cities are rising. More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, a figure that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. In order to meet the many challenges that will arise as a direct result of this upward trajectory, cities are claiming new roles in governance by positioning themselves as Human Rights Cities, Cities of Refuge, Climate-friendly cities, or cities that work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Within this conceptual framework, the 2021 WHRCF will focus on the theme of “Human Rights in Times of Challenge: A New Social Contract”, paying special attention to the effects generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic at local and regional levels. The contribution of cities and local governments gained a central relevance in dealing with these socio-economic effects generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, local authorities faced and are still facing everyday challenges in finding an adequate balance between the protection of public health and the respect of fundamental rights and freedom.

    Cities are essential components in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For instance, SDG No. 11 calls for making cities and urban settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, in order to deal with “acute challenges in managing rapid urbanization — from ensuring adequate housing and infrastructure to support growing populations, to confronting the environmental impact of urban sprawl, [and] to reducing vulnerability to disasters.” The intersection between the SDGs and human rights provides a unique opportunity to guide priority-setting, decision-making, and policy implementation in cities. In fact, as defined by the Gwangju Declaration (2011), a human rights city is “both a local community and a socio-political process in a local context where human rights play a key role as fundamental values and guiding principles”.
  • 13:00 ~ 15:00

  • Live Streaming
    Human Rights Cities and Public Diplomacy
    • Moderator
    • SONG Jinho [Korea, Board Member of Pyeongchang Peace Foundation]
    • Congratultory Remark
    • SHIN Hochang [Korea, President of the Korean Association for Public Diplomacy]
      YOON Yeocheol [Korea, International Relations Abassador of Gwangju Metropolitan City]
    • Speaker
    • KIM Jungsup [Korea, Professor Emeritus of Gyeongsang National University Sociology Department]
      Anselmo Lee [Korea, Regional Coordinator of Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD)]
    • Discussant
    • JUNG Kyungrok [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
  • 14:00 ~ 15:35

  • Blended Learning Course on Local Governments and Human Rights (BLC)
    • Moderator
    • Isabella Hutasoit [Indonesia, Programme Admin Assistant of UCLG ASPAC]

    • Facilitator
    • Ray Paolo J. Santiago [Philippines, Executive Director of Ateneo Human Rights Center]
    • Participant
    • Joyce Sy [Philippines, Planning Officer II of Makati City]
      Maolen Karla Boholano [Philippines, Project Evaluation Officer IV of City of Calamba]
      Soleil Erika Manzano [Philippines, Program Officer of Special Projects Programs, Project and Policy Department of Quezon City]
      Flordelis Jubay [Philippines, City Planning and Development Officer of Island Garden City of Samal]
      Maria Beth Saida Manlapaz [Philippines, Planning Officer IV of Malabon City]
      Jo Honey Ado [Philippines, Clerk I or City Planning & Development of Tagum City]
      Luz Laureta-Balisong [Philippines, Baguio City]
      April Jane Rosario [Philippines, Planning Officer II of Island Garden City of Samal]
      Merewyn Sadjail [Philippines, Proiect Development Officer II of City Planning & Development Office of Isabela 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

  • Live Streaming
    WHRCF Opening Concert: Human for Human
    • Organizer
    • Gwangju International Center
    WHRCF Opening Concert
    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

  • Live Streaming
    UNESCO City Art-Lab
    • Moderator
    • Sue Vize [Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific of UNESCO]
    • Speaker
    • Fabrice don de Dieu Bwabulamutima [Democratic Republic of Congo, Kongo Drama Company Coordinator and Artistic Director]

      Grisana Punpeng [Thailand, Chairperson of the Undergraduate International Program at the Faculty of Communication Arts in Chulalongkorn University]

      Osman Khawaja [Pakistan/German, Executive Director of Phare Ponleu Selpak]

      JOO Hong [Korea, Curator of Mayhall]

      PARK Taesang [Korea, DREAMERS band representative]

    • 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

  • 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 Remark
    • Ichal Supriadi [Thailand, Secretary-General of Asia Democracy Network (ADN)]
    • Speaker
    • 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]
    • Organizer
    • Asia Democracy Network, Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development, Asia Development Alliance, Civil Society Development Association(ARGO), 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

  • Live Streaming
    Special Session on Rights Economy
    • Organizer
    • Raoul Wallenberg Institute, UN Human Rights
    Human Rights Impacts of Economic Models in Challenging Times
    In this session we will go deeper into questions of economic models and structures as factors in current “times of challenge” and concrete attempts to operationalize a New Social Contract. As stated in the concept note for this year’s Forum: “…the ways forward depend strongly on the protection of human rights and public services’ in the face of multiple challenges. Local and regional governments are at the front line to respond to these challenges.”

    In the city of Buenaventura, Colombia, a civic strike was carried out over 20 days in May-June 2017, where it is possible the majority of the 500,000 inhabitants took to the streets. Buenaventura is the main Colombian port, where the largest volume of cargo in the country is concentrated. At the root of the protests were violations of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), such as the lack of drinking water and sanitation, the limited availability of quality and functioning public hospitals, and the precarious working conditions of the port’s workers.

    UN OHCHR assisted the State and the organizers of the civic strike to reach a solution that was expected to significantly improve the human rights situation in Buenaventura. The agreements included providing access to drinking water, developing an adequate sanitation system, among other important ESCR commitments. The Buenaventura agreement is an innovation when compared to other agreements that have been historically reached in Colombia to end other protests, since it includes specific deadlines, budgetary commitments, and the creation of a supervisory mechanism to ensure compliance with the agreement.

    Using the example of Buenaventura, the session will discuss the necessity of rebuilding public trust within societies where marginalization and injustice are dangerously eroding cohesion and stability, as a key element of a “New Social Contract”. Human rights framework offers powerful tools to rebuild the credibility of institutions to ensure that they are accountable, participatory, inclusive, and provide pathways for everyone to claim their rights. The session will introduce the work that OHCHR is initiating under its Surge Initiative in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to help monitor the implementation of the Buenaventura agreement through analyses of economic and fiscal policies from a human rights perspective, including analysis of public budget at local and central levels.

    We will also relate the discussion to the roles and responsibilities of private sector in the context of tensions that arose between trade-driven acceleration of economy in the port city of Buenaventura and continued deprivation of predominantly Afro-Colombian population in the city.
  • 19:00 ~ 21:00

    KOR, ENG

  • Live Streaming
    Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City
    • Opening Remarks
    • LEE Yong-sup [Korea, Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City]
      Linda Voortman [The Netherlands, Deputy Mayor of City of Utrecht]

    • Moderator
    • Bernadia Tjandradewi [Indonesia, Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC]
    • Speaker
    • Amanda Flety Martinez [Spain, Coordinator of UCLG-CISDP]
      LEE Dong-jin [Mayor of Dobong-gu Office, Seoul Metropolitan Government]
      Vijay Sarawagi [Nepal, Mayor of City of Birgunj]
      Katia Chirizzi [Deputy Regional Representative of UN OHCHR South-East Asia Regional Office]
      Mugiyanto [Indonesia, Human Rights Advisor of Executive Office of the Republic of Indonesia President]
      Pong Cruz [Philippines, Senior Advisor of World ENABLED]
      Ahmad Rifai [Indonesia, Co-Founder of Kota Kita Foundation]
    • 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 policy-making 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.
  • 19:30 ~ 20:30

  • UNESCO Afghanistan Special Session
    • Organizer
    • UNESCO International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (UNESCO ICCAR), Gwangju International Center
  • 21:00 ~ 22:00

  • Live Streaming
    UNESCO ICCAR Global Steering Committee Panel
    • Moderator
    • Benedetto Zacchiroli [Italy, European Coalition of Cities Against Racism(ECCAR) President]
    • Speaker
    • Erias Lukwago [Uganda, Mayor of Kampala]

      Fatimatou Abdel Malick [Mauritania, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina]

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

      Hicham Jebbari [Morocco, Mayor of Essaouira]

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

      Pierre Corbeil [Canada, Mayor of Val d’Or]

      Pauline Cutter [USA, Mayor of San Leandro]

    • 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.