Following a first roundtable held on December 2020, the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C), Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) held a second dialogue on February 3rd with Special Rapporteurs, civil society organizations and local and regional governments as part of the #CitiesAreListening process. The aim of these events is to foster connections among actors and issues, to identify shared priorities and advance human rights advocacy efforts.
The second dialogue included the participation of four UN Special Rapporteurs working on key themes for the realization, protection and localisation of human rights. The mandate holders present were: Mr. David Boyd, Human Rights and the Environment; Mr. Michael Fahkri, Right to food; Mr. Olivier de Schutter, Extreme poverty and Human Rights and Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, Violence against Women its causes and consequences.
The SRs shared their key priorities in relation to the spatial and territorial dimensions of Human Rights, while exploring possible interconnections between mandates. The conversation progressed to identifying possible paths and spaces for collaboration between mandates and with civil society organizations and local and regional governments. During the event, representatives of the three co-organizers contributed their views by showcasing existing connections between their agendas and those of the rapporteurs, as well as identifying possible paths for joint work.