After the approval of its adoption unanimously voted by the UCLG Executive Committee last April, the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights was officially signed and adopted at the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments held in Durban on November, 15th 2019.
On this occasion, Corinne Lepage, President of the Association of Friends of DHR, had the opportunity to present the Declaration to the 3,000 local elected officials gathered at the UCLG General Assembly.
For Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, Co-President of UCLG, “the adoption of this short, innovative text with strong political potential is an additional step for our organization. This declaration, which is based on four founding principles and proposes six rights and six duties, fully corresponds to the initiatives supported by UCLG for which the protection of populations and the preservation of ecosystems allowing their life or survival is a priority ambition”.
For Corinne Lepage, President of the Association of Friends of the DHR, “the recognition of the declaration by UCLG is a major step. By unanimously adopting it, UCLG, which represents 240,000 cities around the world to which it has committed itself to disseminate the text, is shifting the DHR into the sphere of universal texts. This commitment, which symbolizes the way in which cities have become the great protectors of populations and the true bearers of a global public interest, contrasts with the inability of States to make progress internationally, whether they are truly effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity or protect human health.