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Forum overview

Background

  • A need to strengthen cooperation and solidarity among Korean and international human rights cities
  • A strong demand from the cities and organizations that participated in the 2013 World Human Rights Cities Forum
  • Global expansion of discussions on human rights cities following the adoption of the “Local Governments and Human Rights” resolution at the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council submitted by the Korean government

「Gwangju Declaration」 Proposal (May 17, 2013)

“We request that Gwangju City host its fourth World Human Rights Cities Forum in 2014, which has become an international arena to discuss and reflect human rights among diverse stakeholders around the world and that, in doing so, Gwangju City will continue to play a major role in fostering human rights discourse.”

Directions

  • Promoting Gwangju City globally by fertile exchanges with international human rights cities and expanding “human rights cities,” a local government network around the world
  • Providing an arena for discussing human rights to Korean human rights cities and strengthening local governments around the world (particularly European cities) seeking and promoting human rights
  • Pursuing a workshop related to “Local Governments and Human Rights” by inviting international human rights experts, to discuss how to promote human rights city globally
  • Pursuing grass-roots human rights based on the lives of local residents and on-site events

Overview

  • World Human Rights Cities Forum 2014
  • Period: May 15, 2014 ~ May 18(3 nights and 4 days)
  • Place: Kimdaejung Convention Center
  • Scale: Approximately 500 persons (the persons related to the human rights cities, groups, international organizations, etc.)
  • Theme: Towards Global Alliance of Human Rights Cities for all
  • Host: Gwangju Metropolitan City
  • Organizers
    - Gwangju International Center
    - Korea Human Rights Foundation
    - UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights
  • Collaborative Organizers
    - The May 18th Institute, Chonnam National University
    - Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education
    - Center for Public Interest and Human Rights Law, Chonnam National University
    - Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination
    - The Research Institute of the Differently Abled Person's Right in Gwangju
    - Gwangju Association of Senior Welfare Centers
    - Gwangju Association of Social Workers
    - Gwangju Information & Referral Service Center for the Aged
    - Golden Aging Forum
    - Korea Federation for Environmental Movements, Gwangju
    - Gwangju Women's Association United
    - Gwangju Womenlink
    - Institute of Women's Studies, Chonnam National University
    - Gwangju YWCA
  • Sponsors
    - Ministry of Education
    - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    - Ministry of Justice
    - National Human Rights Commission of Korea
    - Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education
    - Korean National Commission for UNESCO
    - Asia Pacific Center for Education for International Understanding (APCEIU)