World local governments meet at Saint-Denis and Aubervilliers (France) for the Right to the City


The cities of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis,and the conurbation authority of Plaine Commune, at the invitation of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights of UCLG, will be organizing from 10 – 12 December 2012 the “1st WorldSummit of Local Governments for the Right to the City”.
This event is envisaged as a new step after the conferences of the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City(see the list of signatory cities), drafted in Barcelona (1998), adopted in Saint-Denis (2000), and discussed in Venice (2002), Nuremberg (2004), Lyon (2006), Geneva (2008) and Tuzla (2010). Today, besides the European Charter, there is the Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City, adopted by UCLG at the World Council held in Florence (2011). Other local human rights charters have also been adopted in various cities of the world. And many other cities, without having signed any document, are implementing innovative policies and are engaged in similar processes. It is thus a good moment to make these initiatives meet and dialogue. For all this, we suggest organizing this 8th Conference as the “1st World Summit of Local Governments for the Right to the City”. This forum will be a space to discuss, exchange experiences and give visibility to the commitment of cities for the right to the city.
With this background, the cities of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis, and the conurbation authority of Plaine Commune organised a first preparatory meeting in Saint-Denis (France) on 13 July 2012 to discuss the draft programme of the Summit. This document will be soon disseminated.
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