On 10 December 2018, UNESCO _through its International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities ICCAR_ together with the European Coalition of Cities against Racism ECCAR and the City of Nancy has organised a meeting of the ICCAR Global Steering Committee in Nancy, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The president of the ECCAR (Benedetto Zacchiroli) and the Vice-President (Lucienne Redercher) attend to this meeting along with other representatives of the Global Steering Committee of the ICCAR network, respectively: the representative of the African Coalition: Mayor Erias Lukwago, City of Kampala (Uganda); the representative of the Arab Coalition: Vice-Mayor Tariq Mohamed Ottmani, City of Essaouira (Morocco); the representative of the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities: Fabiana Goyeneche, Director of Social Development City of Montevideo (Uruguay); the representative of the Canadian Coalition: Dr. Meghan Brooks, Chair of Advisory Committee of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (Canada); the representative of U.S. Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination: Laura DeKoven Waxman, Director of Public Safety, U.S. Conference of Mayors (United States) and the representative of UNESCO: Ângela Melo, Director of Policies and Programmes, Social and Human Sciences Sector at UNESCO (France).
The establishment of the ICCAR Global Steering Committee (GSC) in April 2016 had made a breakthrough, promoting collaborative action and advocacy across the ICCAR platform, and enhancing its visibility. In that previous meeting, Coalition representatives reaffirmed their commitment to ICCAR by adopting the Bologna Declaration in which members committed to a culture of human rights and gender equality, where the rights of migrants and refugees are protected and upheld. This second meeting, held in Nancy, aimed to highlight the achievements and lessons learned since the adoption of the Bologna Declaration, as well as to chart a way forward for a strengthened proactive global platform.
The City’s celebration also included a series of events: a meeting with the City of Nancy’s youth city council; the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the “Ligue des droits de l’Homme” with original paintings by the painter Elpuentea, and finally, a second round table which is open to the public on "The application of human rights at the city level".
As a result of this meeting in Nancy, and following the Bologna Declaration, a new declaration has been signed by the representatives of the ICCAR Global Steering Committee (amongst them, the president of the ECCAR) and by the Mayor of Nancy, Laurent Hénart.
The Declaration of Nancy is also available here.