THE CIPDH-UNESCO OFFERS TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO CITIES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE HANDBOOK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS “THE SDGs AND CITIES. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN MOBILITY”.

In partnership with the Coalition of Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia and the UNESCO Office in Montevideo, the CIPDH-UNESCO published in mid-2018 the Practical Handbook for local governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The SDGs and Cities. International Human Mobility, aimed at making the public policy decision-making process easier in terms of international migration, by following the guidelines of the 2030 Agenda; the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; and the Global Compact on Refugees.

The handbook proposes thirteen possible lines of action for cities to address international human mobility based on the realities and needs of the Latin American and Caribbean region. For each one, previous scenarios and implementation strategies were identified. In addition, a set of indicators is suggested to make the follow-up easier. More than one hundred experiences worldwide were analyzed and interviews with key actors were conducted to prepare the handbook.

Based on this initiative, the CIPDH-UNESCO has offered to assist interested cities in Latin America and the Caribbean in the implementation of the handbook and in the development of inclusive policies aimed at people engaged in international human mobility. Technical support consists of a propositional assessment adapted to the needs and context of the city, based on the actions and scenarios of the handbook.

The first of these experiences was with the City of Rosario (Argentina), and we find ourselves finishing the first stage. The process was very promising and well received by the authorities and officials of the local government as well as by activists, social organizations and academic specialists. The assessment identified seven possible actions that may be implemented in the governmental structure of Rosario, each including specific implementation strategies and relevant actors or areas.

The suggested technical support focuses on the design of local public policies from a human rights-based approach, social participation and in particular migrant communities in the decision-making and production and use of information on human mobility. Additionally, special attention is paid to the intersectionality of gender and international migration as well as to migrants in vulnerable situations. These aspects are linked to the migration dynamics of each city (transit city, settlement city, migration city).

The intention is not to apply experiences from other areas or cities, but to identify the characteristics of each city and find the policies and initiatives that best adapt to them, based on existing local policies that have shown good results.

If you are interested in this initiative, please contact us at ciudades@cipdh.gob.ar