Join us in our online Academy and Conference to exchange innovative approaches and proven practices for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by following a human-rights-based approach to urban development!
The "Human Rights Go Local: What Works" Academy and Conference will take place online. The event is free to attend and will last between 2-4 hours each on select days between 1 and 9 February 2021.
The "Human Rights Go Local: What Works" Academy and Conference aims to support inclusive social development by mobilizing knowledge on how to base policy-making at the local level on scientific evidence through tailored human rights research.
The event will gather human rights experts and practitioners, academia, policy makers, public administrators, civil society, as well as international and regional organizations.
The goal is to exchange knowledge, harness best practices, and build bridges between all governance levels, disciplines, and regions.
In addition to being open for practitioners and researchers from the field of human rights at the local level, also young researchers (postgraduates, PhD candidates, early post-doc) are provided the opportunity to present their research projects related to human rights at the local level at the Young Researcher´s Day (1 February 2021). This day will be held separately on the first day of the event (1 February 2020). On this day, participants may present their own research, will receive feedback, and can engage with experts and peers participating in the Academy and Conference. Young researchers are then invited to attend the plenary sessions of the Academy and to actively participate in the thematic workshops throughout the duration of the event.
Applications are open until 9 December 2020 on http://www.humanrightsgolocal.org/academy2021/. Apply now and share your local level human rights expertise, experience, policies, projects and research methods with us!
In case you are a young researcher seeking to present your research on Young Researcher's Day, please check this document for further information!
The aim of the Academy is to collect proven methods for research on human rights at local and regional levels and to formulate guidance for local governments on how their policies can be supported by evidence based on human rights research. This will facilitate the implementation of human rights by directly providing local level politicians and authorities with the findings and proposals elaborated by the participants. Additionally, young researchers are provided the opportunity to present their research projects related to human rights at the local level at the Young Researcher´s Day (1 February 2021).
Finally, the closing Conference will support local level authorities with condensed knowledge on the state of the art in human rights research. Further, it will assist them with concrete proposals on how to locally implement the international agenda following a human rights-based approach.
More information and relevant documents
All information, including important documents, the application form for practitioners and experts, as well as an extensive FAQ section can be found at http://www.humanrightsgolocal.org/academy2021/.
In case you are a young researcher seeking to attend the Young Researcher's Day, please follow this procedure: Submissions of maximum 300 words describing your presentation should be sent together with a short bio no later than 9 December 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read “Application Young Researchers Day”. Decisions of acceptance will be notified by 14 December 2020. Draft contributions shall be submitted by 15 January 2021.
The event is organized by the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security in cooperation with:
- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
- the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
- the Provincial Government Styria
- the City of Graz
- the University of Graz.