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The closing of World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016

2016-07-27 관리자
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“Constructing a settlement environment for living standards worthy of human dignity”
The closing of World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016
- Clarification of local governments’ responsibility to construct discrimination-free, rights-based urban settlement environment
- Activating domestic and foreign networks of a human rights city and civic groups to establish a foundation of solidarity


○ The official schedule of the World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016, co-hosted by the Gwangju Metropolitan City and Gwangju Metropolitan City office of Education, came to an end after the closing ceremony.

○ At this 6th World Human Rights Cities Forum, more than 1000 representatives of human rights cities, both from Korea and abroad, NGOs, experts, and citizens participated. And this includes more than 100 foreigners from 30 different countries and 62 different cities. They all had a heated debate on ‘where are we living?’ and included the results in the ‘World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016 Declaration Statement.’

○ ‘World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016 Declaration Statement’ emphasized that local governments have a significant obligation to construct a settlement environment for living standards worthy of human dignity and promotion of human rights. And the vision to establish a human rights community through autonomy and participation, and the governance between local governments and their members to make everyone happy was announced.

○ Particularly in this forum, we acknowledged the importance of an intercity cooperative network discussed in the 2014 forum once again, organized a municipal human rights city conference and human rights committee conference, and discussed measures to form a human rights council for solidarity between basic local governments in depth.

○ Also, they established the ‘Asia LDC network’ with civil society organizations of Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan as its center and strengthened the foundation of domestic and foreign human rights solidarity.

○ In the closing address, Woo Bum Gi, the economic deputy mayor of Gwangju, said “we found out that the key to make the city a home for everyone is in ‘human rights’. Our findings will act as significant reference data in determining Habitat 3, a settlement region session held in Quito, Ecuador this October.”

He also promised “to constantly reflect on whether Gwangju is the city that best guarantees human rights and to become diligent in order to manage the responsibility passed down with history.”


○ At the World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016, held on the 21st, there are 9 special sessions prepared for participants to come together and discuss various trends and pending issues regarding human rights. With the start of the ‘metropolitan area and habitat 3’ general meeting, sessions include a ‘local governments and human rights guideline’ expert session, ‘municipal human rights case’, ‘NGO human rights policy evaluation,’ ‘UCLG-CISDP session,’ and an ‘urban policy session.’

○ Along with conferences over agendas from 8 different fields including the environment, women, disabled, social economy, elderly, immigrants, children and adolescents, and educational policies, various events such as visiting the Asian Culture Complex, the Human Rights Theme Fringe Festival,
Daein Night Market, 5.18 Archives were held and gained popularity among participants.
The closing of World Human Rights Cities Forum 2016
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