The right to the city, the right to difference: Methods and strategies for local implementation

How can the right to the city (understood as the right to difference) become a reality in this context? How can it contribute to creating more socially cohesive cities that thrive on diversity? How can a city be the expression of social mixture?

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27 November 2018 - 09:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB with the support of the Barcelona City Council

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Objective

The “right to the city” calls on citizens to take collective ownership of their city and to shape its form and content through their everyday practices. It is about whom the city belongs to and how its development and future are decided. 

The implementation of the right to the city has proven a highly challenging task. Today´s urban societies are characterized by diversity, increasing polarization and often conflict. Incoming international "talent", the arrival of migrants and refugees, and the coexistence of different cultural communities and social-economic groups make cities places in which a broad range of actors coexist, but do not always interact. 

How can the right to the city (understood as the right to difference) become a reality in this context? How can it contribute to creating more socially cohesive cities that thrive on diversity? How can a city be the expression of social mixture? 

Since the late 1990s local governments from around the world have tried to respond to this challenge by developing rights-based policies that are being implemented via a wide range of mechanisms: municipal letters (Montreal, Vienna, Mexico City, Bandung), human rights councils and offices (Barcelona, Nuremberg, São Paulo, Venice), commissions (City of Mexico, Eugene, New York), strategic plans and roadmaps (Bogotá, Graz, Madrid), evaluation indicators (Gwangju, York), local ombudsmen (Montreal, Lleida, Vitoria-Gasteiz), municipal ordinances (Higashiosaka, Oizumi, Seoul), and public policies in areas including social welfare, housing, culture, education, environment and citizen participation, among others. 

After two decades of experiences with these various implementation mechanisms, the seminar seeks to take stock of their effectiveness. This exercise is particularly relevant in the current political climate in which xenophobic and populist discourses that demonize the “other” are on the rise.

 

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Shams Asadi

Shams Asadi

Director of the Human Rights Office, City of Vienna (Austria)

Jaume Asens

Jaume Asens

Third Deputy Mayor, Head of the Citizenship Rights, Culture, Participation and Transparency Department, Barcelona City Council

Hannah Abdullah

Hannah Abdullah

Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Maria Buhigas

Maria Buhigas

Architect and Urbanist; Founder, URBAN-FACTS; member of the CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme advisory board

Fernando Carrión

Fernando Carrión

Professor and Researcher, FLACSO (Ecuador)

Eva Garcia Chueca

Eva Garcia Chueca

Scientific Coordinator, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Michele Grigolo

Michele Grigolo

Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)

Aida Guillén

Aida Guillén

Director of Citizenship Rights and Diversity, Barcelona City Council (Spain)

Lorenzo Vidal

Lorenzo Vidal

Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

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09:00h Opening

Jaume Asens,Third Deputy Mayor, Head of the Citizenship Rights, Culture, Participation and Transparency Department, Barcelona City Council

Agustí Fernández de Losada,Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

 

09:30h First debate: How to promote the right to the city from the perspective of the right to difference?

Michele Grigolo, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)

Shams Asadi,Director of the Human Rights Office, City of Vienna (Austria)

Moderator:    Hannah Abdullah, Researcher, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Debate between participants

 

11:00h Coffee Break

11:30h Second debate: Main policies and mechanisms of local governments for the implementation of the right to the city

Enrique López, Chief of Staff, Office of Human Rights and Reminiscence, Madrid City Council

Jaime Morales, Deputy Secretary of Human Rights, Mexico City Government

Moderator:   Aida Guillén, Director of Citizenship Rights and Diversity, Barcelona City Council 

Debate between participants

 

 

 

13:00h Lunch

14:00h Third debate: The role of multilevel governance in the realization of the right to the city

Fernando Carrión, Professor and Researcher, FLACSO (Ecuador)

Haleema Alamoush, Manager of the Planning and Development Unit in the Community Development Sector of Greater Amman Municipality (Jordan)

Moderator:   Maria Buhigas, Architect and Urbanist; Founder, URBAN-FACTS; member of the CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme advisory board 

Debate between participants

15:30h Closure

Eva Garcia Chueca, Scientific Coordinator, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

16:00h End of the seminar