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2013 World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF)
Date : 2013-05-05     Hit : 2934

2013 World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF)

 

“Sustainable Human Right Cityfor All:

Guiding Principles for a Human Rights City

 

15-18 May 2013,

Gwangju, Republic of Korea

 

 2013 WHRCF



The2013 World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) is an annual meeting of key stakeholders engaged in building a human rightscity as a follow-up to two previous forums held in 2011 and 2012 in order toimplement the vision of a human rights city as articulated in the GwangjuDeclaration on Human Rights City adopted on 17 May 2011 at the first WHRCF.

 

Under the theme “SustainableHuman Rights City for All: Guiding Principles for a Human Rights City”, it aimsto address the emerging challenges identified by key actors including mayors,civil servants, policy makers, local councillors, civil society actors,academics and other stakeholders in the process of making a human rights city areality on the grounds of their own context with a special focus on effectiveinstitution building and mechanisms including guiding principles for a humanrights city based on the sharing and analysis of various experiences and goodpractices.

 

The 2013 WHRCF will beorganized by the Metropolitan City of Gwangju in cooperation with the May 18Memorial Foundation and Korea Human Rights Foundation under the guidance of theWHRCF Promotion Committee composed of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, May 18Institute  with the support ofco-sponsors such as theMinistry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT), Ministry of Justice, NationalHuman Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), Korea NationalCommission for UNESCO and Asia Pacific Center for Education forInternational Understanding (APCEIU), and theGwangju Metropolitan Office of Education.

 

Approximately, severalhundred participants mainly composed of representatives from ‘human rightscities’, UN human rights experts, civic and human rights NGOs, localparliamentarians, as well as academics both from Korea and abroad are expectedto take part in the 2013 Forum to share their rich experiences and expertise onvarious aspects of human rights city.

 

A number of UN humanrights experts and members of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee(HRCAC) will be invited to attend as they are expected to work on the researchpaper on ‘local government and human rights’ as decided by the UN Human RightsCouncil in September 2012 which will include the Guiding Principles for a HumanRights City.

 

Thetheme “Sustainable Human Rights City for All: Guiding Principles for a HumanRights City” was chosen to highlight the importance of effectiveinstitution-building to make human rights city sustainable and relevant to theneeds of ordinary citizens and inhabitants. Institutions such as a human rights office, citizens’ commission,ombudsman, to name a few, are effective instruments to make human rightsaccessible to all inhabitants in the city. It is believed that human rightsmainstreaming through the human rights-based approach at all stages of a humanrights city including budgeting, planning, implementation, monitoring andevaluation is very crucial to make those institutions inclusive andeffective.   

 

There will be fourspecial events which are as follows;

l Event 1(15 May 2013): the 2nd Annual Global Essay Contest for Human Rights City

l Event 2 (17 May 2013): Citizens’ Rally on the Eve of May 18 People’sUprising organized by Citizens’ Organizing Committee

l Events 3 (18 May 2013) : 33rd Commemorative Ceremony of May 18 Democratic Uprisingat the May 18 National Cemetery (to be attended by National President)

l Event 4 (18 May 2013) : Gwangju Prize for HumanRights

 

The2013 WHRCF is a sign of continued commitment of the people and the municipalgovernment of Gwangju as well as an invitation to all like-minded mayors andhuman rights advocates to the vision of a Human Rights City for promotingsolidarity and cooperation towards a universal culture of human rights beyondnational and city boundaries among all urban residents and inhabitants.  Gwangu is firmly committed to this vision asit is consistent with the Spirit of Gwangju for the 21st century.

 

The Forum Schedule is as follows;

 

 

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