Construir Igualdad Award

With the aim of strengthening key aspects towards more democratic societies, the CIPDH has introduced the CONSTRUIR IGUALDAD award to recognize local public policies in cities of Latin America and the Caribbean that have made improvements in terms of inclusion and non-discrimination.

The CONSTRUIR IGUALDAD award initiative seeks the promotion, development and visibility of inclusive local public policies, identifying and documenting experiences in order to improve the regional exchange fostering the commitment and critical thought of society and local governments.

The CIPDH pretends the award will contribute to the dissemination of inclusive public policies that can become a leading reference or a potential input to be adapted to other contexts or social situations.

We are in the process of evaluation.

There were applications form Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, México and Uruguay. The locations were Atlántida, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Castelli, México city, Cuenca, Quito, General Villegas, Guarulhos, Lanús, Medellín, Mendoza, Morelia, Montevideo, Posadas, Quilicura, Rosario, Santiago de Chile, Quillota, Rio de Janeiro, San Lorenzo, Santiago de Cali, San Justo, San Luis and São Paulo.

  • 31 applications
  • 7 countries
  • 25 cities





Architect (University of Buenos Aires, UBA) with an International Diploma of Public Administration, delivered by l’École Nationale d’Administration (France, 1991). He has professional and academic experience in various public and private institutions and NGOs. His professional field includes the public management and reflection on the governance of cities, particularly in terms of urban mobility. Since 2008 he has been Director for Latin America of the Institut pour la Ville in Mouvement and during the period between 2005 and 2012 he was a member of the Scientific and Guidance Council of this institution. Between 1996 and 2014 he held the following positions in the Government of the City of Buenos Aires: Undersecretary of Decentralization, Undersecretary of Coordination of Strategic Plans, Undersecretary of Transportation and Traffic and Executive Director of the Strategic Planning Council. He is also president of the Urbanism Foundation (Furban).


LIDIA BRITO (Mozambique)

Forestry engineer with a Ph.D. in forestry and wood sciences from the Colorado State University (United States). She held responsibility positions in Mozambique, being Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (2000-2005) and Advisor of Strategic Planning and External Relations of the Mayor of Maputo (2005-2008), among the most recent ones. She joined UNESCO Paris in 2009 as Director of Scientific Policy and Sustainable Development and since 2014 is the Regional Director of Sciences of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Montevideo. Her areas of expertise range from forest and sustainable management of natural resources to higher education, policies and science&technology programs as part of public policies for sustainable development. She was co-president of the Organizing Scientific Committee of the Planet Under Pressure Conference in London, body in charge of organizing Rio + 20. She is currently part of the organizing committee of the 2nd Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2018).


VERA KISS (Hungary)

She is an Economic Affairs Officer of the Executive Secretariat Office of ECLAC in Santiago, Chile, where she coordinates projects and inter-divisional work with urban focus. Before that, she held a position in the Division of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements of the same institution, coordinating the participation of ECLAC in the preparatory process of Habitat III. Prior to that position at ECLAC she worked in various civil and international organizations in Mexico, Austria, Brazil and Portugal, mainly on issues related to social development. She also has experience in the private sector in London (England), where she worked for an strategic planning consultancy with clients in public and private sectors. She has a MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Princeton University.


ROBERTO SABA (Argentina)

Lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (1990), Master of Law from Yale University (LLM 1995) and Doctor of Law from the same university (JSD 2011). He served as Dean of the School of Law of Palermo University  in Buenos Aires. He currently directs the Graduate Studies Center of that Faculty. He was Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights of Argentina (2001-2009) and Executive Director of Poder Ciudadano Foundation (1995-1998). Since 1997 he is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights in the Palermo and Buenos Aires Universities.



She has worked to address human rights in Peru, El Salvador and Argentina. She was the Director of the El Salvador Truth Commission (UN, 1992) and of Memoria Abierta since its foundation until 2012. She has participated on boards of directors and advisory committees of human rights defense institutions in several countries. She was one of the founders of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. She joined the public service in 2012. Since 2017 she directs the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights – UNESCO in Buenos Aires. She is lecturer in the Master of International Human Rights Law (School of Law, University of Buenos Aires).


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