Gwangju Metropolitan City
Gwangju Metropolitan City, the cradle of the ‘Gwangju Spirit’, is walking on a new path that no other city has ever taken before. Gwangju dreams of becoming a mentally just and materially prosperous city. With the uniqueness of the ‘Gwangju Spirit’, we dream of a special city and a new urban ecosystem solely existing in Gwangju. Nowadays, the changes and innovations in Gwangju are transforming Gwangju greatly into a global city. Moving beyond the Asian cultural hub, we are advancing as a global human rights city, where a city offering a decent human life, coexists as a global city holding hands with the rest of the global village a global city with a global village. That is "Just and Prosperous Gwangju, Special Future City Gwangju".
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The Organization has 193 Members and 11 Associate Members. UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance, and works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. It also fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages program.
UN Human Rights
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, an UN-led organization in human rights, has dedicated itself to protecting and enhancing all human rights and freedom stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Human Rights Laws. With its headquarters in Geneva and office in New York working with 90 nations, the OHCHR has put efforts to help international, regional, national and local partners implement their human rights obligation.
Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education
Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education is an educational administrative agency responsible for education in Gwangju. The office has also strived to implement educational philosophies of humanism, publicity, democracy, spontaneity, and community under the banner of 'nurturing just democratic citizens in harmony with others'. It has also sought for education values centering around happy lives based on respecting students' creativity and autonomy rather than education focusing on one-size-fits-all knowledge learning.
National Human Rights Commission of Korea
National Human Rights Commission of Korea is a national agency to protect and enhance intrinsic human rights of individual ultimately to realize dignity and values of humanity and contribute to establishing a basic order of democracy.
Korea International Cooperation Agency
Korea International Cooperation Agency(KOICA) has conducted multilateral ODA projects in nations not receiving assistance or excluded from the assistant list and nations in conflicts. In so doing, KOICA is employing expertise and network of international organizations in jointly coping with global issues of poverty, gender equality, climate crisis, and human rights. Ultimately, the agency is trying to contribute to shared prosperity and world peace to make sure no one is left behind based on inclusive and co-prosperous ODA projects.
Gwangju International Center
The Gwangju International Center (GIC) is a non-profit organization for Korean and international resisdents, aiming to facilitate mutual understanding and communication between each other’s cultures, while providing personal and cultural exchange programs and services customized to meet international resisdents’ needs.
UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights
The UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights (UCLG-CSIPDHR) is an international platform bringing together local and regional government representatives from across the world to debate, share and advance collective initiatives on social inclusion, participatory democracy and human rights. As a thematic committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the CSIPDHR aspires to articulate the common voice of the world organization of local and regional governments on pressing human rights issues at the local level.
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI)
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), founded in 1984, is an academic institution that works to promote and advance human rights combining research, education, and direct engagement. It is named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II. RWI is also part of the organising committee for WHRCF since 2016. One of RWI’s thematic focus areas is the nexus between human rights and environment, wherein one issue addressed is human rights in disaster displacement, risk reduction and management.
Korea Federation for Environmental Movements in Gwangju
In recognizing the entire ecosystem including sky, earth, and water are seriously polluted by people's reckless activities, Korea Federation for Environmental Movements in Gwangju has aimed at making the earth a better, safer, and peaceful place for future generations. To that end, the Gwangju KFEM has been working on diverse campaigns related to the lives of humanity and environment.
Gwangju Support Center for Social Economy
Launched in August 2016 under the Ordinance of Gwangju Metropolitan City for Supporting Social Economic Activities(August 1, 2013), Gwangju Support Center for Social Economy has operated its business as a public-private collaborative governance for the purpose of realizing local circular economy through creating and vitalizing the social economy ecosystem within the region. The center has implemented diverse projects in order to facilitate social economy: helping social economic organizations find out markets, supporting education and PR, conducting social economy trends analysis and research, identifying new models, and connecting local resources. Additionally, the center has been committed to spreading social values by promoting collaboration among social economic businesses, building social economy market, and accumulating social capital.
Gwangju Energy Park
Gwangju Energy Park Center has run an exhibition hall for experience and education on renewable energies. The exhibition center was established by the Korea Electric Power Corporation and Gwangju Metropolitan City in hopes to promote the significance of future energy and enhance awareness on energy among the public.
Gwangju Human Rights Center Hwal-Jjak
It is a human rights organization established in 2016 by <Gwangju Human Rights Movement Center> that was launched as <Ingwonjigi> in 1996 and had long engaged in regional human rights movements and <Gwangju Human Rights Education Center Hwaljjak> that had conducted diverse human rights education programs in the region starting from <Human Rights Education Activists Group>. Since its launch, Hwaljjak has proposed solutions and policies based on carrying out researches and fact-finding activities, educating human rights, identifying human rights agenda, raising questions, responding to various pressing human rights issues home and abroad, and spreading human rights awareness. Especially, it has been committed to sharing the significance and achievements of human rights activities in collaborating with various parties.
Gwangju-Jeonnam Women’s Association United
Gwangju-Jeonnam Women's Association United was established with the aim of facilitating local women's rights movement, promoting solidarity and communication among women's rights movement associations, and creating a sustainable society in terms of gender equality, democracy, human rights, and peaceful unification. It is composed of 9 relevant organizations including Gwangju Woman Workers Association, Gwangju Women's Hotline, Gwangju Women Link, Gwangju Differently Abled Women Solidarity, Gwangju Women's Solidarity, Gwangju Women Center, Jeonnam Differently Abled Women United, Gwangju Women Human Rights Support Center, Gwangju Saranghui.
Gwangju Council for Sustainable Development
Established as a public-private cooperative organization, Gwangju Council for Sustainable Development has provided a venue for policy proposal and public discussion on internalizing the values of sustainable development for the purpose of implementing Gwangju SDGs 2030 and achieving the goal related to the 6th Gwangju Agenda(2022-2026). In so doing, the council has sought for ways to promote solidarity and cooperation in order to build a sustainable Gwangju community engaging citizens, businesses, and administration together. Furthermore, it helps to enable diverse types of governance movements to be implemented on the ground.
Korea Center for Sustainable Development
Established as an NGO in September 2007, Korea Institute Center for Sustainable Development(KICSD) aims at practicing the visions and values of the Sustainable Development proclaimed at the UN Earth Summit in 1992. Also, the center has focused on 'building an inclusive participant city' in conducting diverse policy researches and education and networking programs to facilitate 'public-private governance for a sustainable development".
Korea Human Rights Policy Institute
Korea Human Rights Policy Institute has been committed to expanding an exemplary human rights governance by playing not only as a watcher on the state and market but also as a player. Also, the institute has put efforts to extend the territory of democracy and human rights within civil society and by the power of citizens. At the same time, the institute explores a new paradigm of value transition while conducting programs to educate citizens on human rights and train human rights experts. To that end, the organization hosts regular academic seminars and proposes human rights policies ultimately to contribute to enhancing human rights capabilities of our society.
Gwangju Human Right Center for People with Disabilities
Gwangju Human Right Center for People with Disabilities was launched in April 2008 and registered as a non-profit corporation on December 18, 2020. Since then, it has carried out various projects including conducting education, examination and research, improving policies, and building solidarity with related organizations. In so doing, the organization intends to prevent discrimination and human rights infringement on the disabled and to get rid of physical, cultural, and institutional obstacles on people with disabilities. Also, the center has ultimately set its goal to contribute to enhancing welfare and human rights of the disabled.
Gwangju Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination
Gwangju Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination was established with the aim of eradicating discrimination against the disabled and fighting for the basic rights of the disabled. Also, it is a permanent association composed of statutory·non-statutory groups of disability·society·labor in Gwangju City.
Chonnam National University Center for Regional Development
Chonnam National University Center for Regional Development aims at contributing to regional researches through inter-disciplinary studies among economics, sociology, urban planning, environmental science, and transportation science. Also, its mission is to implement and explore pioneering research agenda to reinvent itself as a research hub within the region. To that end, the center strives to conduct comprehensive researches covering various disciplines including economy, culture, education, environment and urban planning ultimately to propose practical models for a sustainable regional development.
Embassy of Sweden in Seoul
The Swedish Embassy to Korea has made various efforts to improve the relation between Sweden and Korea in sectors of culture·society·politics·economy. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1959, the two nations have long maintained cooperative relations while expanding exchanges in various sectors. Also, the embassy has been searching for a continued mutual cooperation through ceaseless communication with the Korean government, public agencies, businesses and other relevant organizations as well as playing a role to share the Korean culture, economy, and social development with Sweden.
Jeju Peace Human Rights Institute WHAT
Jeju Peace Human Rights Institute WHAT is an NGO working on the issues of peace and human rights in Jeju. WHAT has strived to study and analyze various affairs of Jeju and to propose solutions in perspective of human rights. Also, the institute attempts to offer a venue for discussion on diverse human rights issues based on collective knowledge of all the involved people. In addition, it puts efforts in promoting dignified lives of humanity by freely solidifying with all people interested in peace and human rights and sharing stories of people's lives.
Solidarity For Peace & Human Rights
Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights is a human rights activists group designed to build an equal and peaceful society with freedom of politics and thought guaranteed and social rights realized.
Ulsan Solidarity for Human Rights
Ulsan Solidarity for Human Rights is concentrating on solidarity projects in human rights as a local human rights group with the aim of promoting solidarity activities and human rights movements. The basis of these efforts is the thought that human rights groups have to uphold 'social responsibility' and 'solidarity as core values in order to guarantee human rights. It also operates Human Rights Education Center and Human Rights Institute as its affiliates. With a prominent pool of instructors, the Education Center has promoted human rights education and established Ulsan Human Rights Education Platform to enhance human rights education capabilities within the entire Ulsan region. Also, the Human Rights Institute has conducted researches on human rights policy of local governments in order to establish a local autonomous system in which human rights are guaranteed.
Chungnam Human Rights Education Activists Group BUTTLE
In 2017, human rights education activists in Chungnam voluntarily gathered and organized BUTTL, an NGO for enhancing human rights education capabilities and promoting local human rights culture. Since then, the group has vigorously provided human rights education programs for civil servants, public agency officials, and citizens while leading the movements to re-establish the scrapped human rights ordinance and to newly establish the Ordinance of Student Human Rights. Also, BUTTLE has continuously maintained its efforts to promote solidarity with the vulnerable and minorities within the province. Especially, it has recently focused on climate crisis and the role of local human rights movements for the sake of a just transition.
BK21 FOUR The Education & Research Program for Fostering Cultural Memory Curators
The Educational Research Group for Curator of English-speaking Cultural Memory aims to train experts of cultural memory and build a network based on the global cultural memory community to lead the field of English literature in the future. Education, research, and internationalization related to cultural memory have been set as innovation fields and programs in each field are being conducted to solve social conflicts resulting from Memory War.
Protesting Against Poverty & Discrimination Solidarity for Human Rights
Protesting Against Poverty & Discrimination Solidarity for Human Right is a human rights civic group that concentrates on promoting economic·social·cultural human rights and upholds the right to social security, the right to protection of basic labor rights, the right to health, and the right to the minimum residence. It also wages campaigns to enhance economic·social·cultural human rights and to protest against discrimination. In so doing, the group tries to enhance human rights of residents in Daegu City and Gyeongbuk province and to promote dignified lives in its movements.
Korean Local Government Human Rights Commission
Local Governments Human Rights Commission Workshop is a networking group that explores ways for sharing information and facilitating cooperation among local governments in order to establish a system for a sustainable improvement of human rights.
Gwangju Human Rights Village Network
Gwangju Jeonnam Agricultural Movement Headquarters
Gwangju Jeonnam Agricultural Movement Headquarters is an organization bringing together 'people wanting to become farmers and find the root of our lives' by waging homecoming and urban farming movements in order to disseminate the value of agriculture among citizens. The center intends to become a good partner in practicing ecological values and achieving a self-sufficient life through education programs(ecological homecoming training, farmer literature lectures, urban farmers school), indigenous farming school, dissemination of indigenous seeds, and urban farmers market.
Gwangju Association of Social Economy
Gwangju Association of Social Economy is an organization comprised of social economic businesses in Gwangju who have been promoting resilience of local community within people's lives while believing in the power of reciprocity and solidarity of social economy.
Rainbow Project Team
Rainbow Project is a group of activists for planning, discussing, and implementing LGBT rights activities in Gwangju.
Gwangju Hate Culture Countermeasure Network
The network was organized in responding to the attempt to delete the term 'Sexual Orientation' in the Ordinance on Human Rights of the Student in Gwangju Metropolitan City. Since its establishment, it has carried out diverse activities in legislating anti-discrimination law and responding to human rights issues in Gwangju.
Global Platform for Right to the City (GPR2C)
The Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) aims to inspire a better future for all human settlements. The GPR2C is an open, flexible, diverse network of civil society and local government organizations committed to political action and social change through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of the Right to the City at all levels, paying special attention to people and communities affected by exclusion and marginalization.
International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID)
The INFID (International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development) is a non-government organization that has played a pivotal role in shaping Indonesia’s democratization process since 1985. There are three main programs run by the secretariat INFID, namely Inequality, Post 2015 Development Agenda or Sustainable Development Goals, and Human Rights and Democracy. We are raising public awareness about the values of Human Rights, democracy, equality, social justice and peace through public education.
Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
Founded in 2009, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is a leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice, and strengthen accountability, to make respect for human rights part of everyday business. IHRB, among other, leads a consortium on human rights in the built environment, where RWI is one of the members.
United Cities and Local Governments Asia·Pacific(UCLG-ASPAC)
UCLG ASPAC has been playing a pivotal role in managing knowledge on local government issues in Asia Pacific region. Especially, the Asia Pacific region covers over 7,000 local governments accounting for the largest areas within the UCLG. Also, the UCLG ASPAC represents approximately 3.76 billion populations, more than a half of global population including developing economies of China, India, and Indonesia.
Asia Democracy Network (ADN)
Asia Democracy Network has been operated in around 40 Asian nations. Also, the network has taken its core value from practicing and promoting the democratic principles through inclusive governance advancement, human rights enhancement, equality and inclusiveness, discrimination prevention, security, and just and valuable election, democracy education and freedom of speech, and accountability development.
International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels
The International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO contributes to the implementation of the international human rights agenda at the local and regional levels. Situated in the human rights city Graz, Austria, the Centre promotes a human-rights based approach to policy-making and practice at the local and regional levels, building on 20 years of experience and expertise. It supports inclusive and equitable social development through research, capacity-building, international cooperation, and networking activities. In cooperation with the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security at the University of Graz, the Centre functions as a hub connecting the global and local level, and offers a Human Rights Lab, an Clearinghouse, and monitoring, consulting, and educational services.
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