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CNDH organizes national symposium on emerging cities in Morocco

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) is organizing a national symposium on "Emerging Cities in Morocco: Human Rights Prospects and Challenges", on Wednesday 12 July 2023, at 9:30 am, at the Council's headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

This event is part of the Council's ongoing actions to assess and implement an urban strategy based on a human rights approach.  The objective is to develop inclusive cities that effectively promote human rights as outlined in international instruments which call for an urban planning that ensures a sustainable and healthy environment, fosters social cohesion, provides access to adequate housing and promotes social inclusion.

The symposium aims to review the state of emerging cities and explore the challenges and opportunities related to the legal framework. Participants including institutional actors, urban planning experts, researchers, university professors specialized in urban studies and civil society activists will examine Morocco's “Villes Nouvelles” (New Cities) program and talk through its results and impact on the public policies in Morocco.

A wide array of topics will be covered at this symposium, including the role of youth in the development of new cities, challenges in promoting women's rights and the importance of accessibility in emerging cities as a lever of the effectiveness of human rights. Stakeholders will also discuss procedures for keeping pace with urban development, successful transition to sustainable cities and the concept of new cities in Morocco.

Ms. Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson, will take part in the symposium’s opening session.