International Conference of the Coalition of Cities against Discrimination
The Coalition of Cities against Discrimination in Asia and the Pacific was founded in 2006 and includes a variety of local governments such as municipalities, cities and provinces.
The members of the Coalition reaffirm our commitment to the Ten Point Action Plan that aims to reduce and eliminate racism and discrimination based on our common values and principles reaffirmed during the Gwangju conference, reinforcing the Bangkok Declaration of 2011 and the Bandung Declaration of 2009;
We agree that our goals can be achieved through the development and on-going assessment of practical plans and actions at all levels of governance with urban and rural communities;
We, the members of the Coalition which includes all local government units will build an international community to promote social inclusion that shall inspire and mobilize all citizens to work together with all stakeholders in implementing concrete plans aided by responsive and effective policies to implement the Ten Point Action Plan;
We, the members of the Coalition will work together to develop and share new tools, resources, expertise and exchange experiences that will support us in our work against all forms of discrimination;
We implement a system of tracking progress of our collective work and monitor and evaluate performance and impact at the country, regional, and global levels. We may also be able to monitor community level success by identifying clearly our indicators and the means to measure;
The members of the Coalition will hold its next regional conference of Cities against Discrimination, in the Philippines in 2013. At that time members are encouraged to share their follow up to this declaration to the practical implementation of the Ten Point Action Plan through providing good practices and policies;
The participants commit themselves to share more information for display on the website for the Coalition of Cities against Discrimination in Asia and the Pacific to share good practices across borders and oceans;
The members present at the conference, reflecting the composition of the Asia Pacific Coalition, recommended to UNESCO to consult with other regional coalition of cities to include all local governments as members of the Coalition, from villages, municipalities, cities, to provinces;
We, the members of the Coalition commit to work as a regional Coalition to evaluate better practical measures to protect human rights, and to promote understanding and respect of the integrity and dignity of all people;
WE, THE MEMBERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THIS CONFERENCE PLEDGE OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS DECLARATION!
Done this 17th of May, 2012.