In its capacity-building efforts, the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels takes on a function as a facilitator of the implementation of human rights and

  • generates, manages, and applies knowledge for inclusive and equitable development based on human rights
  • offers a laboratory for taking up novel and proven practices for cities and regions on how to deliver on the goals set by the 2030 Agenda and the promise of “Leaving No One Behind”
  • contributes to UNESCO’s vision to realise human rights for all by building institutional and human capacities at all levels

Current activities include:

Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Cities in the Arab Region (TISCA), 2017 – present

The project TISCA – Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Cities in the Arab Region was started by the ETC in cooperation with UNESCO, the UNESCO field office in Cairo (the Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States), the Arab Institute for Human Rights, and the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR). The project seeks to develop local capacities for inclusive and sustainable cities in the Arab region.

The Toolkit was launched at the World Urban Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). You can download the Toolkit in English, French and Arabic (original version).

Capacity Building for Local and Regional Authorities in Africa, 2017 – present

In 2017 the ETC was approached by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa) and the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) to collaborate in the field of human rights and democracy on the local level. The cooperation seeks to set up a joint ALGA college and Master degree, to organize joint events, to share best practices, to develop educational material, and to organize study tours. The goal is to promote human rights, democracy and diversity on the local level through training and capacity building for local and regional authorities in Africa. A Memorandum of Understanding was agreed upon between the ETC and ALGA in late 2017.

In 2019, a curriculum for the joint ALGA college for professionals in local governance was developed titled “Promoting human rights, democracy and diversity at the local level”. The curriculum covers a broad range of issues based on best practices and insights on human rights at the local level, many of which also touch on the Toolkit for Equality (TKE)

GUARANTEE - Guaranteeing the Right to Education for Roma Children, 2019 - present
GUARANTEE is a project funded by the European Commission DG Justice and is carried out by four partners in Austria, Bulgaria, and Germany. The project runs from September 2019 to August 2021. The objective is to promote the children’s right to education by preventing school dropout and promoting the transition to secondary/vocational schools, with particular focus on communication between Roma and non-Roma youth in Bulgaria. This is achieved through action research in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Dortmund (Germany), peer-to-peer trainings of professionals, and learning activities for girls and boys in Plovdiv and Dortmund. Most recently, a set of large, double-sided illustrations on children's rights ("children's rights cards") was produced in Bulgarian language.

Past activities include:

Local approaches to guaranteeing women’s rights, Online workshop (7-9 December 2020)

Both the Agenda 2030 and the Agenda for Africa 2063 call for people-centered transformation. This condition can best be achieved through risen awareness for the relevance of Human Rights implementation at local level, through application of a Human Rights-based approach (HRBA), as well as through stakeholder cooperation in the implementation of Human Rights. This online capacity-building workshop is a high-level specialized preparation for professionals in the field of local governance willing to upgrade their knowledge with the fundamentals of Human Rights.

The training content includes:

  • Human Rights at Local Level: Relevance, principles, issues, and implementation
  • SDGs, New Urban Agenda, and the Human Rights-based approach to local governance
  • application of field-tested methods and tools for implementation at local level

The specific topic of the workshop is achieving inclusion and equality by guaranteeing women’s rights. Key aspects of the urban environment - related to access, mobility, safety and freedom from violence, health and hygiene, climate resilience, and security of tenure – create disproportionate burdens for women and girls, thus exacerbating and reinforcing existing gender inequities. By advancing equality of women in cities, we unlock more inclusive economic and social development and ultimately contribute to the veracity of the claim to “leave no-one behind”.

Jointly implemented by ALGA of UCLG Africa, UNESCO Cairo, and International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO.

Important documents

PDF: Concept note