What will my participation in the Academy look like?

The Academy is informal in nature, meaning that you are not required to prepare a presentation, lecture or intervention unless we specifically ask you to. The main focus of the event is to bring together practitioners to the same table. We want to learn about the experiences you make in your daily work and to exchange on “what really works” in practice. We are interested in hearing about which tools and methods you are familiar with when it comes to realizing human rights at the local level, whether they function well, what the challenges are, what you consider a best practice, which improvements are necessary from your point of view, etc. No formal preparation is necessary.  Simply engage in the discussion!

When will the Conference take place and what can I expect?

The Conference will take place as a closing event to the Academy. It will be hosted online on 8 February 2023.

The event brings together high-level representatives from international organizations and local governments, who are presented with the outcome of the Academy: the Outcome Document. This contains encouragements for local governments, building on the inputs shared during the Academy.

On which digital platform will the Academy be held?

The Academy will be held on an open source conferencing software called BigBlueButton. The International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels hosts the platform on its own, secure and encrypted server. Users do not have to download anything and can simply participate securely via their browsers.

What technical equipment do I need to take part in the Academy?

To attend our online events, we recommend the following:

  • good, stable Internet connection (no mobile networks)
  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge (Opera is not supported by BigBlueButton!)
  • Headphones and microphone
  • A quiet location from where you can take part

Please avoid the use of institutional networks, as this can lead to firewall issues.

Participants will receive a detailed user guide via email.