The CITIZEN – LED PARTICIPATION represents the determination by a wide cross-section of City stakeholders of the initial areas of consideration of rights that should be included in the City’s Human Rights Charter. The aim is to ensure that the whole process is bottom-up and citizen-led, and each and every stakeholder has the opportunity to have their say on what is to be incorporated into their City’s Charter.
We define RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP as commitment and endeavour by City Government to facilitate the development of the City’s Human Rights Charter and its implementation to ensure the City promotes and protects the human rights of its citizens.
To ensure TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY, implementation of the City’s Human Rights Charter will be audited by independent auditors using the indicators developed by FIHRRST.
"City authorities are close to citizens’ everyday needs and they deal with human rights issues on an everyday basis and thus are key players in the protection and promotion of human rights. HRRC is a platform for cities to gather information on a human rights city and interact with FIHRRST human rights experts through a website-based application to obtain support and assistance on their journey to become a certified Human Rights City."
If the objective of leaving no one behind as envisaged by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to be achieved, local government must be empowered to effectively engage all people at the local level, according to CLGF’s Chairperson Cllr. Rev. Mpho Moruakgomo.
Speaking on the first day of the 2016 South African Local Government Association (SALGA) annual conference in Johannesburg, Rev. Moruakgomo said that inclusion means paying attention to all voices including women, youth, the poor, the displaced, and local government is the sphere of government that is best placed to do this.