A UCLG representative, Patrick Braouezec, President of the French agglomeration community Plaine Communeand the Committee on Social Inclusion, took part in the 30th Meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, held in Geneva last September. At the meeting, Braouezec presented the report on the role of local governments in promoting and protecting human rights, highlighting the key role of local government in defending them. For this reason, the report highlights the need for effective decentralisation and permanent work with civil society on the essential conditions for implementing human rights locally.
The report, drawn up at the initiative of South Korea, Egypt, Chile and Romania, was presented to the 57 member-states and observers of the Council. The initiative contributes to specifying the future international agenda for Habitat III, focused on the construction of fair, sustainable and democratic cities. Bringing local governments into this type of process represents international recognition of the role of local governments in promoting and protecting human rights.