WHRCF participants

World Human Rights Cities Forum 2023

The World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) 2023 is set to start next week between 4-7 October. We are excited and proud to be co-organising this with Gwangju International Center and UCLG Committee. RWI’s attendance at the (WHRCF) in 2016 started a long-term cooperation with the International Center at the City of Gwangju in the Republic of Korea, that hosts the Forum. Since then, RWI has been part of the international organising committee of WHRCF together with OHCHR, UNESCO, the Committee of Social Inclusion of the United Cities and Local Governments network, and the Gwangju International Centre.

Director Morten Kjaerum is part of the international steering committee as co-chair and will be speaking in the opening panel which will be Live Streaming on 4th October 16:00 – 18:00 (GMT+9).
RWI will be hosting a panel, where Deputy Research Director, Morten Koch Andersen from RWI will be speaking about corruption.

“Human Rights and Corruption City Challenges and Possibilities”

Corruption is a major obstacle to human rights and sustainable development goals. It weakens states, diverts resources from essential services, and erodes the rule of law. To combat corruption, societies should prioritize transparency, accountability, and good governance. This involves understanding international human rights standards and values.

Education and awareness programs are vital, especially at the city level. An integrated approach is needed, addressing institutional reforms and ethical frameworks while promoting the rule of law and human rights.

Effective anti-corruption efforts require engagement from decision-makers and increased citizen participation. Collaboration among civil society, academia, businesses, local governments, and the media is essential.

Date: 6 October 

Time: 09:00 – 11:00 (CET) / 16:00 – 18:00 (GMT+9).


  • Mayor Trina Alejandra Firmalo-Fabic, Odiongan in Romblon Province (Philippines)
  • Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, Mykolaiv, (Ukraine)
  • Al Kags, Executive Director, Open Institute (Kenya)
  • Dr. Payal Mundafale Thaorey, Head of Department, Post Graduate Teaching Department of Law, RTM Nagpur University (India)

Director Morten will also be a part of the following sessions:
This year is focused on poverty and discrimination in cities. It will touch upon four key areas:
  1. How are poverty and inequalities connected with human rights?
  2. What are the current human rights agenda and issues arising from poverty and inequalities?
  3. What are the new strategies and measures of human rights cities to respond to poverty and inequalities?
  4. How can we enhance the human rights solidarity among human rights cities to respond to poverty and inequalities?
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