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:

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.

So far, the following volumes have been published:
  • Volume 3: "From Commitment to Responsibility for Human Rights in Cities and Regions" by Jasmien Deklerck, 2022
  • Volume 2: “Research on Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels: Methods, Practices, Approaches" by Isabella Meier, 2021
  • 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, 2020

You can find the current editions and information on how to purchase them on this page.

Delivered activities include:

Children’s Rights Monitor in the Province of Styria (KinderrechteMonitor), 2017 - 2020

The UNESCO Centre was commissioned to assist the Children’s Office (Kinderbüro – die Lobby für Menschen bis 14) in preparing the Children’s Rights Monitor, funded by the Federal Province of Styria (Land Steiermark). For this purpose, the Centre developed a set of indicators to monitor the implementation of children’s rights in regional development, which is based on the OHCHR’s Structural-Process-Outcome indicator scheme for human rights monitoring. The Children’s Rights Monitor uses 48 indicators to determine if laws, policies, administrative practices and public services in the policy area of regional development comply with children’s rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The indicator set was applied as a pilot in 2019 in a selected Styrian region. In 2020, the report on the pilot application was completed and submitted by the Children's Office to the provincial councillor and provincial department in charge. The report was appreciated and a monitoring of children's rights was considered to be necessary.