Parallel Workshop: Human rights perspective in the Urban Agenda - Please click here for full programme

Location: Grand Ballroom, Upper Promenade deck, SS Rotterdam
Date: Tue, November 28
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Agenda – Discriminated but left unprotected? Human Rights Perspective in the Urban Agenda


The objective of the panel is to explore the gaps between sectorial policies and human rights requirements at the local level and the possible future responses to these gaps. A background paper will be prepared before the event in order to identify the legal and policy gaps that have the potential to lead to human rights violations at the local level. The panel will be followed up by policy papers reflecting the identified gaps. In this way the panel will identify the upcoming steps including possible future amendments of the current urban policy and the corresponding legal environment. Speakers will be invited on the basis of their experiences on the respective discussion topics.

15h15 - 15h20: Introduction

15h20 - 15h55: Scene Setter  

  • Experiencing human rights violations at the local level

François Fille, Médecin du monde

  • Scale of potential human rights violations in Europe and the link to the local level  

Sheena Keller, Fundamental Rights Agency

15h55 - 16h15: Paradigm shift

  • Identification of, and responses to, the legal and policy gaps potentially in  human rights perspective from a city perspective

City representative (tbc)

  • Better embedding the human Rights perspective in the Urban Agenda, including the role of EU funds

Beverly Bernard, PPS Social Integration, anti-Poverty Policy, Social Economy and Federal Urban Policy (Belgium) and coordinator of the Urban Poverty Partnership

16h15 - 16h30: Discussion & closure