Invitation to the Forum
Home   WHRCF   Invitation to the Forum
Invitation to the Forum
  • May 18, 2018
  • Since 2011, the Gwangju Metropolitan City has annually held ‘the World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF)’ so as to implement the vision of the human rights city of Gwangju as well as to uphold and further develop; the spirit of ‘May 18 Democratization Movement’ in 1980 and the values of the ‘1998 Asian Human Rights Charter declared in Gwangju’.
  • Over the last 7 years, the WHRCF has established a reputation as a representative human rights forum for Asia. It has brought the participation of over 5,000 domestic and international human rights experts and officials from UN, UCLG CISDP, human rights cities, and NGOs. It is designed to establish and implement systems in order to ensure human rights of citizens in their daily lives. Such goals are closely related to the policy of the OHCHR, which underlines the importance of the roles of local governments to protect and promote human rights.
  • WHRCF 2018 will be held in Gwangju from 18 to 21 this October under the theme of Whom Do We Live With? Diversity, inclusiveness, and Peace at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in the City of Gwangju. In the context of the global scene, city policies and cultures are determined by mainstream groups, at a time where intolerance and discrimination against minority groups is intensifying. Knowing who our diverse neighbors are, and recognizing the various identities in our neighborhood, can become a key stepping stone to building peaceful urban communities. With this in mind, we wish to talk about respect, tolerance, and solidarity, which lie at the heart of this practice. Accordingly, at this year’s forum, local governments are also invited to have in-depth discussions with the central government to search for a new vision of cities as the main agents of implementing universal human rights over the next 70 years.
  • The plenary sessions will explore various means of how to implement the values of ‘diversity, inclusiveness, and peace’ in our everyday lives. Concurrently, officials from different human rights cities as well as numerous activists are expected to participate in the ‘Asia Human Rights Cities Network’. In the policy session of human rights cities, the human rights policies implemented in Barcelona, Spain will be introduced and new visions and improvement measures for the human right cities in Korea will be discussed. The thematic sessions will be comprised of nine sub-sessions including gender, disability, immigrants/refugees, environment, and peace amongst others. In terms of special sessions, the Gwangju global congress for immigrants in Gwangju to discuss human rights agendas will take place and a presentation of human rights papers will also be held.
  • There are additional events and sessions such as the Gwangju Global Congress; incorporating immigrants in Gwangju, and the Human Rights Paper Presentation. An Agora is waiting for more human rights organizations and activists to use for presentations or exhibitions with reservation in advance.
  • I believe that WHRCF 2018 will help to enhance our professionality and expand the network with other human rights experts and activists.
  • With best regards,
  • LEE Yong-Seop,
    Mayor, Gwangju Metropolitan City

  • Period
  • 18 – 21 October, 2018
  • Venue
  • Kimdaejung Convention Center
  • Theme
  • Whom Do We Live With?   Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Peace
  • Hosts
  • 광주광역시청
    광주광역시교육청
    공백
  • Organizers
  • 광주국제교류센터
    UCLG-CISDP
    공백
  • Overseas Cooperation
  • 유엔인권최고대표사무소(OHCHR)
    라울발렌베리연구소
    아시아개발연대(ADA)
    아시아민주주의네트워크
    유엔 최고인권이사회(HRC) 자문위원회
  • Cooperation host
  • 국가인권위원회
    주한스웨덴대사관
    광주전남발전연구원
    한국인권학회
    한국인권재단
    국제사회적경제협의체
    전남대학교 공익인권법센터
    광주로
    광주환경운동연합
    광주장애우권익문제연구소
    광주장애인차별철폐연대
    한국노인의전화 광주지회 광주남구시니어클럽
    다누리콜 광주센터
    민주인권교육센터
    다문화평화교육연구소
    광주외국인노동자센터
    사단법인 이주가족복지회
    광주이주민건강센터
    광주전남여성단체연합
    전남대학교 5·18연구소
    광주트라우마센터
    제주평화인권연구소 왓
  • Sponsor Organization
  • 교육부
    외교부
    법무부
    유네스코한국위원회
    APCIEU
    코이카국제협력단
    아모레퍼시픽
[World Human Rights Cities Forum Secretariat] 1-2F, 5, Jungang-ro 196beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61475, South Korea
Tel. 82-62-226-2734   l   Fax. 82-62-226-2731   l   E-mail. whrcf@gic.or.kr
Copyright World Human Rights Cities Forum All rights reserved.