The 9th World Human Rights Cities Forum kicked off at Gwangju’s Kim Dae Jung Convention Center on Monday.
This 4-day event will be held under the title “Local Governments and Human Rights: Reimagining Human Rights Cities” inviting over 2,000 participants from 39 countries including researchers, activists, and graduate students.
The Forum will be divided into two plenary sessions that will explore the relevance that human rights have when thought locally, followed by various thematic sessions addressing issues such as accessibility, the rights of the child, women’s rights or participatory democracy.
The organizer of the event said the main goal of this year’s forum is to review the meaning and the practical achievements of ‘Local Governments and Human Rights’.
The forum is well-known as the main meeting point for the global movement of human rights cities. Over the last ten years, it has played a major role in triggering and coordinating collective initiatives on human rights by local governments from different world regions.