The Work of Human Rights Cities – A European Perspective

Lund University Sustainability week
03 May 2022 13:30 15:45
Target Group
Everyone interested in the topic
Lund University
Closed  (Deadline: 03 May 2022 13:30)

Are you interested in issues around social sustainability and human rights? Then you are welcome to attend a digital seminar about human rights cities from a European perspective.

Please join and listen to representatives from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on their perceptions of the development of the concept of human rights cities in Europe. Moreover, representatives from three European human rights cities, Lund, Sweden; Utrecht, the Netherlands and Bergen, Norway, also present their work with implementing human rights in their city.

Around the globe, local authorities are putting human rights on the map. They are introducing creative initiatives to strengthen people’s fundamental and human rights. The actions of local authorities greatly affect our day-to-day lives. By delivering services, managing public space, or supporting the vulnerable, they also often make tangible the universal values and principles. Being a human rights city means explicitly linking such activities to human and fundamental rights obligations. In a human rights city, the local government, local actors, and people in the city work together and commit – in a declaration – to uphold international human rights standards and legal obligations. To do so, they take measures to deliver on these standards and develop rights-based policies on various issues that cities are responsible for, thus contributing to protecting, respecting, fulfilling, and promoting human rights locally.