European Conference Cities for Human Rights

The "European Conference Cities for Human Rights" is a network of municipalities created in Barcelona in October 1998, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". The 41 European cities involved in establishing this network, including the City of Nuremberg, signed a "Barcelona Agreement", which then was a self-commitment to human rights with far-reaching consequences. In this document, the cities manifested their firm commitment to work for a culture of human rights in their cities, to promote this common task by sharing experiences and co-operating, and to make use of the influence of the city network in order to contribute, also at an international level, to the creation of a more just and thus more peaceful world.

The Network's Charter

The basis for the activities of this network of municipalities is provided by the "European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City" which was adopted during the network's second conference in Saint-Denis in 2000. In the meantime, 235 cities from 21 European countries have signed the document and thus confirmed their intention to make human rights a guideline of their municipal policies. The Charter aims at implementing human rights for all citizens, regardless of their origin, and to enable participation of all people in civic life. The complete text of the document is available as download.

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