Cities promoting inclusion through public participation, access to information, sports, and citizenship and human rights education
Sustainable urban development is necessarily inclusive, offering all city inhabitants equal opportunities in the various spheres of life. Indeed, exclusion – in any dimension it may present itself – challenges the ability of cities to respect, protect and fulfil Human Rights and to achieve human development where no one is left behind.
Hence the importance of our latest publication, the Toolkit for Urban Inclusion in Arab Cities, which is the product of a cooperation between the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels and (members of) the UNESCO-supported Coalition of Arab Cities against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance.
The Toolkit for Urban Inclusion in Arab Cities aims to provide Arab city leaders and local government officials with practical tools and advice to build inclusive and sustainable cities. The Toolkit was developed by cities for cities; it documents the accumulated transferrable and tacit knowledge of participating cities, reflects their own experiences and compiles them into policy models.
The Toolkit content was developed in two workshops held in the region (Cairo 2018 and Amman 2019) that were attended by Arab Coalition member cities and other experts from international organizations, academic institutions, and civil society organizations.
The Toolkit includes four chapters, covering the full policy cycle from planning to implementation, evaluation and follow-up:
- Public Participation: Methods and mechanisms – both formal and informal – adopted by cities to promote public participation in city planning and decision making at the local level.
- Access to Information: Methods and mechanisms used by cities to meet the information needs of inhabitants, including the provision and regular updating of adequate and accurate information, making it accessible to the general public.
- Sports for Youth Inclusion: Sports-based initiatives and programs, especially for youth, supported by cities to promote social inclusion.
- Citizenship and Human Rights Education: Education and training initiatives and programs implemented by cities to improve awareness and promote a culture of citizenship and human rights among civil servants and the public in general.
The Toolkit is now available in three language versions. The methods introduced help local authorities conceptualize, implement and evaluate efforts in these areas to promote inclusive urban development.