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Local governments are citizens’ closest public administration. They are the institutional sphere in which citizens can have the most influence. At the same time, it is also the level in which inequalities have the most impact on people’s life.
We are launching this Agenda for the Right to the City to increase the visibility of the wide range of proposals and measures that organised civil society can contribute to municipal candidates and town councils in the framework of local elections.
We understand this agenda as an informative, clarifying tool to advocate in favor of a social agenda during electoral campaigns and as a way to support the proposals that make it up. At the same time, it is a consultation and information tool available to all actors, especially designed for candidates, associations, elected officials and voters. Therefore, a tool that is necessarily public and easily accessible.
The Agenda for the Right to the City was created as an instrument to reinforce the impact of the proposals of social entities and movements in the face of new municipal elections, systematizing and grouping them on this website. Measures that entities and social movements address to parties, candidates and future municipal governments so that they attend to the social, democratic and economic needs of the population.
This work was initially promoted by Observatori DESC in Barcelona, Spain, with the active participation of some fifteen local entities and movements. This initiative has been carried out in coordination and with the support of the Global Platform for the Right to the City, with the intention of replicating its methodology and products to other countries and cities during similar electoral cycles. It is meant as a tool for strengthening the experience and proposals that organized civil society work on in a daily basis, to be presented before the elections with the aim of influencing in favor of the economic, social, cultural, environmental and democratic rights of the population.