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Philippe Rio, World’s Best Mayor: "Poverty makes it impossible to realize human rights"

November 15 - 18, 2021
Report by Ms. Lorena Schlicht, AFCDRP-Mayors for Peace France

Philippe Rio, mayor of Grigny and president of the AFCDRP-Mayors for Peace has been elected World’s Best Mayor 2021 together with the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb. This prize, awarded by the City Mayors Foundation and the World Mayor Project, recognizes his actions and those of the Grigny community in the fight against poverty.

Co-chair of the "Committee for Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights", a commission of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), he works for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on human rights. This commitment was brought to the 2021 edition of the UCLG World Council held in Barcelona from 15 to 18 November, which saw the birth of a partnership between UCLG and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Click here to see the article.

Photo: courtesy of AFCDRP / Mayors for Peace France

Philippe Rio addresses a message today for the members of Mayors for Peace, reaffirming the convergence of actions in favor of human rights and the culture of peace:

“Dear Mayors for Peace,
The difficult work on human rights that we do every day in our cities is inseparable from the promotion of a culture of peace. From the city of Grigny, through networks such as Mayors for Peace, or UCLG, but also the UN, everyone has a role to play. I let you discover my interview with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on this subject." The article is available here.

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