On October 31st, the Global Platform for the Right to the City and organization Members and Allies have agreed to celebrate the World Day for the Right to the City, reinterpreting United Nations designation of World Cities Day.
The reason behind this decision is simple: it is not enough to celebrate cities. The affirmations to “leave no-one behind” (in the 2030 Agenda) and “leave no place behind” (in the 9th World Urban Forum Declaration) commit to the aspiration of cities that are a place for all, sharing universal rights, values, and common objectives; but also cities that are a place for everyone, where different needs can be heard and specific answers can be provided. The challenge is to make cities a common good and implement new ways to guarantee human rights with the vision of the right to the city and participatory democracy, while respecting cities’ role in contributing to economic redistribution, cultural recognition and political agency for all.
HIC will support the campaign launched by the Global Platform on this day to highlight our daily commitment to making cities and territories a common good and implement new ways to guarantee human rights with the vision of the right to the city and participatory democracy.