Inclusion and Human Rights

This strand of work focuses on promoting the rights of the most disadvantaged and minority groups, including, but not limited to migrants, people living with albinism, people living with disabilities, etc.

It aims to promote greater inclusion, leveraging the role of cities and local governments, as framed in SDG 11 on inclusive and sustainable cities, and the New Urban Agenda, and inequalities in Africa, as a follow-up to Habitat III; emphasis also placed on exploring the gender dimensions, building synergies with existing networks such as United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG)Africa and others.

UNESCO Eastern Africa works with a cluster of cities across the region, to prioritize revitalization and operationalization of the African coalition of cities, as an active regional network of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR).

The aim of the Inclusion and Human Rights strand of work is to engage cities, municipalities and local governments to address issues and challenges related to exclusion of minorities and other vulnerable communities as a human rights issue, with values-oriented lenses, advocating policy reforms, informed by social science research, knowledge and practice.

Moreover, through this strand of work, new knowledge on migration trends and inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa will be created, as well as rights of migrants in both sending and receiving countries will be promoted. This will create interregional collaboration between, and among researchers, international organizations and local and central governments.

Inclusion and Human Rights will develop and further articulate Africa’s contribution to the ongoing discussion on, and implementation of “UNESCO Cities for 2030” and related activities in follow-up to Habitat III.

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