Strengthening Local Democracy
The Human rights promotion is continuing to be carried out with an integrated approach that targets the local government and community’s basic needs through the methodology of sustainable development goals (SDGs), and introduction of the human rights city. The SDGs or known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. In almost at the same time the initiative of human rights city (HRC) also rose as global concept to bring the human rights promotion close to the people through the participation of the community in the city rural or urban where the local government, local parliament, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders can make synergy. Both approaches are complementing each other and provide venture for the advocates to improve the human rights, through the SDGs and Human rights city, making the effort more participatory, and more direct beneficiaries contextual.
There is a growing number of the utilization of the SDGs that serve guidance for the policy makers in the all sectors of the development planning, and also bigger participation of the local leader on the HRC. However, the level of commitment, and engagement are varying in some countries as social political and economic condition applied differently. However, the Civil Societies Organizations, and local leader in the region could use the platforms to continues its effort in accelerating the human rights promotion in their fields. The platform can be use as guiding principles to their work in streaming planning and conducting lobby activities.
The program is set to disseminate the information and strengthening cooperation stakeholders to:
1. How the outlook of the SDGs, and Human rights cities platform.
2. To increase engagement of the Southeast Asia CSOs in enable approaching the Local government in focus the development program through the SDGs and Human rights Cities platform.
Some of the Activities are:
1. Periodical consultation and information dissemination among the CSOs in Southeast Asia related to the SDGs and Human rights promotion in the local level.
2. Sharing tools and guideline of the implementation the SDGs and HR Cities in the city level.
3. Annual event of Human rights cities in Gwangju, South Korea.
4. Annual event of the Indonesian Human rights Festival
 Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and contained 17 goals which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership to ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests