Declaration on the Right to the City

Dret Ciutat

From 20 to 22 April, the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and Mexico City organised the International Seminar of Local Governments for the Right to the City in Mexico City. The Seminar brought together 45 local and international speakers from a dozen countries, including representatives of local government, civil society, academia, citizens’ movements and NGOs, to share their reflections and experiences on implementing the right to the city and human rights. The programme was based around two plenary sessions and eight thematic forums, focussing on the Right to the City and its implementation.

The Final Declaration, adopted at the close of the seminar, emphasised the importance of the Right to the City in a mainly urban world where inequality threatens coexistence. This Declaration stresses meeting eight commitments to make progress in implementation and set the basic principles. Finally, the Declaration also calls to increase networking by local governments with relation to the Right to the City and to build alliances with civil society, especially in the context of the Global Platform for the Right to the City in order to influence the New Global Urban Agenda.