In its research activities, the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels takes on a function as a moderator of exchange and

  • collects, manages, and shares policy-oriented expertise on the implementation of human rights at the local and regional levels
  • strengthens the links between research and policy-making
  • fosters evidence-informed decision-making
  • mobilises knowledge from and between different stakeholders, including organisations of the United Nations system, policy-makers at all levels, regional intergovernmental organisations, research institutions, and civil society

Current activities include:

Children’s Rights Monitor in the Province of Styria (KinderrechteMonitor), 2017 - present

The project to monitor children’s rights in Styria (Austria) began in late 2017 and is funded by the Province of Styria (Land Steiermark). The ETC was commissioned to assist the Children’s Office (Kinderbüro – die Lobby für Menschen bis 14) to develop a research methodology and indicators that allow for the monitoring of the implementation of children’s rights. The objective is to determine to what extent children in Styria are guaranteed their rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2019, structure and process indicators were developed, fieldwork was conducted in Liezen (Austria), and the draft report on the pilot implementation was completed.

Human Rights Go Local publication series, 2019 - present

The publication series “Human Rights Go Local” is jointly edited by the UNESCO Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security at the University of Graz. The series is published by HRGL Publications.

It focuses on the debate on the interlinkages between human rights and global policy frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. The series showcases how these very interlinkages can guide us towards creating inclusive, resilient, safe, and sustainable urban spaces and regions.

In early 2020, Volume 1 "Implementing Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Local Level: Key Issues and Examples" by Karina Gomes and Markus Möstl, edited by Gerd Oberleitner and Klaus Starl was published. It can be purchased here.

More information on the publication series can be found here.