Work method

This focuses on five major dimensions: networking, exchanging, analysing, monitoring and dissemination.

  • Networking between human rights cities practitioners, as well as national, European and international institutions
  • Exchanging information among city actors on inclusive strategies, dynamics and practices to make human rights a reality for all citizens
  • Analysing best practices to advance the methodology, models and tools to support knowledge sharing and equip role-players to respect, protect, promote and realise residents’ rights
  • Monitoring and keeping updated on trends and new developments in the human rights cities’ field
  • Disseminating expertise and information on human rights cities, through the Excellence Knowledge Centre

Expertise

This network provides access to an Excellence Knowledge Centre, regarding the implementation of human rights cities and development. Two layers of information are available on the website: general information accessible to all, and detailed information available to specialised human rights cities practitioners. Network guest members are reference cities on localisation and mainstreaming of human rights in an urban context. Brainstorming workshops, an exchange of views on specific matters and inter-city dialogue on human rights cities’ concepts, methodology, policies and practices are to be provided to the members.

The Excellence Knowledge Centre aims to further the professionalism of human rights cities. By sustaining practices and policies around human rights at city level, the network explores new dynamics and approaches to citizens’ rights across Europe. It offers a wide range of services from networking to guidance, including:

  • information sharing
  • exchange of experiences and best practices
  • constant dialogue among the cities
  • interconnection between key actors on specific expertise
  • access to concepts, methodologies, models and tools
  • guidance on human rights cities development

Excellence Knowledge Centre (work in progress)

Human rights framework

Publications and resources

Institutions and resources

Fundamental Rights Agency

UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments https://www.uclg.org/en/organisation/about

Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) / Associate member https://rwi.lu.se/

Global CAD – The Centre of Partnerships for Development / Associate member https://globalcad.org/en/

Thematic issues

Other issues

Publications

Useful links

List of Useful Websites and Links on UN SDGs, Human Rights and Local Governments & Cities
Human Right City – Initiatives and Networks
  1. Gwangju World Human Rights Cities Forum http://www.whrcf.org/E_index.php
  2. Right to the City Platform http://www.righttothecityplatform.org.br/
  3. US National Human Rights Cities Alliance https://www.ushrnetwork.org/our-work/project/national-human-rights-cities-alliance
  4. Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) – Human Rights City Project http://rwi.lu.se/the-swedish-human-rights-city-project/
  5. Human Rights Cities Center – The Association for International Human Rights Reporting Standards  http://www.hrcitycenter.org/page/view/137
  6. The Right to the City Alliance – Fighting for Democracy, Justice and Sustainability in our Cities in USA and beyond https://righttothecity.org/
  7. Habitat International Coalition – Global Network for the Right to Habitat and Social Justice http://www.hic-gs.org/
Association of Local Governments and Cities
  1. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
    https://www.uclg.org/ https://uclg-aspac.org/en  Asia Pacific
    https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/uclg-part-undp-s-webinar-series-sdg-localization-around-world Localizing SDGs
  2. UCLG Human Rights in the City https://www.uclg-cisdp.org/en/activities/human-rights-cities
  3. Local Governments for Sustainability https://iclei.org/  
  4. CITYNET – Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlement https://citynet-ap.org/ http://www.urbansdgplatform.org/index.msc 
  5. C40 https://www.c40.org/
SDGs. Local Community and City

UN 2030 Agenda and SDGs

  1. UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ 
  2. UN Knowledge Platform – High-level Political Forum (HLPF) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
  3. UNESCAP SDGs Help Desk https://sdghelpdesk.unescap.org/ 

SDGs, Local Community and City

  1. LOCAL 2030 – Hub for Sustainability Solutions  https://www.local2030.org/
  2. UNDP Toolbox for Localizing the SDGs http://localizingthesdgs.org/
  3. SDGs and Cities https://citynet-ap.org/category/sdgs/
  4. UN HABITAT for a Better Urban Future https://unhabitat.org/
  5. UN Brief on Goal 11 : Sustainable Cities and Communities https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/ 
  6. The World Bank Brief on Sustainable Cities http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/taxonomy/term/1249 
  7. A Guide for Local Stakeholders – Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities https://sdgcities.guide/
  8. Urban SDGs http://urbansdg.org/
  9. UNESCO Learning Cities and the SDGs http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0026/002604/260442e.pdf 
  10. World Council on City Data – Open Data Portal http://www.dataforcities.org/
  11. The Right to the City Agenda for the UN SDGs and New Urban Agenda (NUA) http://www.righttothecityplatform.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Right-to-the-City-Agenda.pdf
Initiatives and Networks of Thematic City
  1. Accountable City https://www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/city-governance/accountability-and-transparency.aspx
  2. Age-friendly City http://www.who.int/ageing/projects/age_friendly_cities/en/
  3. Barrier-free City http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/working_groups/Barrier-free-city-for-all&tpl=home
  4. Carbon-free City https://rmi.org/insight/the-carbon-free-city-handbook/
  5. Child-friendly City https://childfriendlycities.org/
  6. Clean City https://cleancities.energy.gov/about/
  7. Climate City http://www.climatecityoperator.com/
  8. Climate-fit City http://climate-fit.city/
  9. Corruption-free City https://corruptionfreecities.org/corruption-free-city/
  10. Cosmopolitan City https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-most-cosmopolitan-cities-in-the-world.html
  11. Creative City https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/home
  12. Decent City http://trulab.org/blog/2014/5/23/the-decent-city
  13. Discrimination, Cities against Discrimination https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/asia-pacific-coalition-cities-against-discrimination
  14. Digital City https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/digital/en/about-us
  15. Disability-Friendly City https://dealingwithdifferent.com/disability-friendly-cities/#.W7KHH2gzZPY
  16. Effective City http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-cities
  17. Equitable City https://unhabitat.org/books/construction-of-more-equitable-cities/
  18. Freedom City http://freedomcities.org/es/principal/
  19. Friendly City http://www.friendlycity.info/
  20. Gender-sensitive City https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2013/09/how-design-city-women/6739/
  21. Global City https://www.atkearney.com/2018-global-cities-report
  22. Glocal City https://ala-choice.libguides.com/c.php?g=415942&p=2834612 / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glocal_Forum
  23. Green City http://thegreencity.com/about-us/
  24. Happy City http://www.happycity.org.uk/local-wellbeing-data-report/
  25. Healthy City http://www.healthycity.org/
  26. Human City http://humancities.eu/
  27. Inclusive City https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/inclusive-cities https://www.theinclusivecity.com/
  28. Inclusive and Sustainable Cities http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/fight-against-discrimination/coalition-of-cities/
  29. Innovative City https://www.innovative-city.com/
  30. Learning City http://uil.unesco.org/lifelong-learning/learning-cities
  31. Livable City https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_livable_cities
  32. Migration City http://citiesofmigration.ca/about-2/
  33. Multi-cultural City https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-diversely-multicultural-cities-in-the-world / https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/california/articles/the-10-most-multicultural-cities-in-the-world/
  34. Open City https://open-city.org.uk/
  35. Organic City http://lameva.barcelona.cat/bcnmetropolis/en/calaixera/reportatge/la-ciutat-organica/
  36. Participatory City http://www.participatorycity.org/
  37. Peaceful / Peace City
    http://www.internationalcitiesofpeace.org/about/what-are-cities-of-peace/
    http://www.mayorsforpeace.org/english/
    http://www.peacecity.org/ 
  38. Quality of Living City https://mobilityexchange.mercer.com/Insights/quality-of-living-rankings
  39. Racism, City against Racism and Discrimination http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/fight-against-discrimination/coalition-of-cities/eccar/
  40. Rainbow City https://www.rainbowcities.com/
  41. Rebel City https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/beppe-caccia/european-network-of-rebel-cities
  42. Resilient City https://www.100resilientcities.org/
  43. Right to the City https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_the_City_Alliance
  44. Safe City http://safecities.economist.com/safe-cities-index-2017
  45. Self-sufficient City https://urbannext.net/the-self-sufficient-city/
  46. Sharing City https://sharingcitiesalliance.com/#about
  47. Shelter City https://sheltercity.nl/en/
  48. Slow City http://www.cittaslow.org/
  49. Solidarity City https://solidaritycities.eu/
  50. Smart (e-Government and ICT) City http://we-gov.org/
  51. Sustainable City https://www.thesustainablecity.ae/
  52. Tolerant City https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/most-tolerant-cities-san-francisco_n_1210736.html
  53. Transparent City https://www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/city-governance/accountability-and-transparency.aspx
  54. Zero-carbon City https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-carbon_city
SDGs, Human Rights and Peace

SDGs and Human Rights

  1. OHCHR – Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development / SDGs https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/MDG/Pages/The2030Agenda.aspx
  2. Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) https://www.humanrights.dk/our-work/sustainable-development/human-rights-sdgs 
  3. Universal Rights Group – Strengthening Policy through Dialogue https://www.universal-rights.org/30-years-on-demystifying-and-depoliticising-the-right-to-development/#

SDG 16 – Peace and Justice

  1. UN SDG 16 – Peace and Justice https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/peace-justice/
  2. UN HLPF SDG 16 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg16
  3. UNDP – SDG 16 http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/goal-16-peace-justice-and-strong-institutions.html
  4. SDG16 Data Initiative http://www.sdg16.org/
  5. SDG16 Reporting https://www.sdg16report.org/
  6. Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network http://tapnetwork2030.org/
  7. SDG 16 Hub https://www.sdg16hub.org/
  8. NYU CIC Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies https://cic.nyu.edu/programs/sdg16plus
  9. WFUNA SDG16+ Forum http://www.wfuna.org/sixteenplusforum

SDGs and Peace

  1. UN Secretary General Agenda for https://www.un.org/disarmament/sg-agenda/
  2. UNDP SDGS and Sustaining Peace http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2017/7/20/Sustainable-development-and-sustaining-peace-Two-sides-of-the-same-coin.html
  3. IPI SDG and Peace https://www.ipinst.org/program/sdgs-for-peace

Refugees and Migrants

  1. UN Refugees and Migrants https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/refugees-compact
  2. Migration https://www.iom.int/global-compact-migration
  3. Refugees http://www.unhcr.org/towards-a-global-compact-on-refugees.html
Others

Work in progress

Associate members

Global CAD (Centro de Alianzas para el Desarrollo)

Through the years, CAD has formed a global network of experts specialised in human and sustainable development. Sharing the conviction that partnerships are essential to find solutions, CAD collaborates with multilateral organisations, private sector companies and NGOs across all continents.
CAD vision is to transform societies towards a more sustainable and inclusive world CAD generate knowledge and innovative solutions with those who want to create social impact, they do this through partnerships development, applied research, capacity building
and strategic advice.
https://globalcad.org//wp-content/uploads/2017/10/BrochureCAD_low.pdf

Useful links:

Raoul Wallenberg Institute

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is committed to advancing the human rights city movement both in Sweden and worldwide. We combine research with practice to provide academic expertise to the needs and priorities of practitioners, as well as to inform our research based on lessons learned. Such  knowledge exchanges have already resulted in a publication http://rwi.lu.se/app/uploads/2017/03/Human-Rights-Cities-web.pdf on the Swedish and international perspectives on human rights cities and regions, as well as a platform https://skl.se/download/18.177cc30c15e0311b6411f947/1503403517094/HR-patform-english-webb-SKL.pdf that lays out criteria for how to develop and perform as a human rights city in Sweden, which we developed together with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. Presently RWI is doing research on 7 Swedish Cities that work with Human Rights and we are starting up a similar research in Asia and is supporting a study by Infid (an Indonesian NGO) on 100 cities working with Human Rights in Indonesia. RWI is also working with researchers and 7 cities in Turkey that work on human rights for specific groups in their country. In addition, we work with direct support to Lund City, the first Human Rights City in Sweden,
in how to work systematically with human rights. RWI is also part of the process to strengthen the policy development on human rights cities in Asia and Europe as well as on the global level.

University College Roosevelt and Utrecht University

Both University College Roosevelt, and Utrecht University, have conducted key research on human rights cities. At University College Roosevelt, UU’s honours college in the small Dutch town of Middelburg, Prof. Oomen lead a pioneering
research program on Human Rights Cities in the Netherlands. She taught a university course which lead to a publication on European human rights cities. In addition, a first gathering of scholars and practitioners working on human rights cities lead to the
edited volume “Global Urban Justice: the rise of Human Rights Cities”. At University College Roosevelt, current research focuses on refugees, and the role of human rights in the way in which cities all over Europe welcome and integrate refugees. In
engaging with the local and regional authorities on local human rights UCR takes inspiration from the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, who pointed out that human rights acquire meaning in “small places, close to home”. UCR forms part of Utrecht University, with its long-standing history in the field of researching and realizing human rights. Like Middelburg, Utrecht is a human rights city. It is also home to the Netherlands Human Rights Institute, which has developed special policies pertaining to municipalities. At the University itself, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) is a key centre of expertise on human rights research and education. Together with UCR, Utrecht University organizes a summer school on human rights at the local level. In all, University College Roosevelt and Utrecht University are academic partners to the cities of Middelburg and Utrecht, both human rights cities, and to all interested into both researching the relevance of rights, but also realizing them at the local level.

Official websites and useful links

 

US Human Rights Cities Alliance

The National Human Rights Cities Alliance is a member-led and organized initiative of the US Human Rights Network, supported by the USHRN Coordinating Center, it works to strengthen relationships among human rights city organizers, including grassroots and local advocates for human rights cities, national and international human rights advocates, scholar-practitioners, and others working to advance human rights in the places where people live. The Human Rights Cities Alliance also works to advance knowledge about effective models and practices for local implementation of human rights and to improve methods for reporting and sharing this information.

Official websites and useful links

https://www.ushrnetwork.org/our-work/project/national-human-rights-cities-alliance
https://www.ushrnetwork.org/our-work/project/national-human-rights-cities-alliance
Human rights city organizers in the United States have convened two national gatherings Human Rights Cities, in Pittsburgh in 2015

<http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Making_the_Global_Local-Human_Rights_Cities_Workshop>

in Washington, DC in 2016. <http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Washington_DC_2016_Human_Rights_Cities_Convergence_Documentation>

A national human rights city steering committee was formed after the 2016 meeting in Washington DC, and that group has been charged with developing a coordinating structure for the National Human Rights Cities Alliance in the United States. In 2018, the Alliance convened meetings in Washington DC

<http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=National_Human_Rights_Cities_Alliance_Workshop_2018,_Washington_DC> and

in Greenville, SC

<http://wiki.pghrights.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=File:Greenville_SC_November_2018_Program.pdf>.

Plans are underway to host Human Rights Cities convergences in the U.S. south over coming months and to consider thematic issues including the effects of corporate power on human rights in cities.

Experts’ facility

The “Experts’ facility” is the link between the website and members of the network. Users of the network website can submit any questions related to Human Rights Cities. If relevant, the replies may be published on the website, together with a summary and relevant links. The network provides customised expertise to members of the public, which supplements the core knowledge resources of the Human Rights Cities Network.