Webster University Thailand in Human Rights Cities Conference, Gwangju, South Korea | Webster University Thailand

Webster University Thailand in Human Rights Cities Conference, Gwangju, South Korea

 

humanrightsconference2The critical role of peacebuilding and sustainable peace in forging ‘human rights cities’ was addressed by Dr. Robin Ramcharan of the International Relations Department at the Human Rights Cities Conference in Gwangju, South Korea.

Experts, civil society organizations and United Nations agencies, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, were convened for four days to explore how the concept of human rights cities can be mainstreamed into the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Ramcharan and other panelists at the workshop on peacebuilding dissected the concept of peacebuilding, which encompasses ‘negative peace’ (absence of violence) and positive peace, which entails addressing root causes of violence, including violations of economic, social and cultural rights.  Peacebuilding is now considered in the context of a highly urbanized world, which will see nearly 70% of the world’s population living in cities by the middle of this century. 

 

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