Sessions marked with ** are only available to invited participants and officials.

10.11 (TUE)09:00 ~ 12:00ENG
Side Events UNESCO Tour
Kimdaejung Convention Center → May 18 Democratic Uprising Archives → Gwangju Media Art Platform → Kimdaejung Convention Center

Gwangju UNESCO Tour will introduce attractive travelers’ destinations in Gwangju Metropolitan City acknowledged by the UNESCO with their historic and cultural values.

*Records of Gwangju’s Heritages Listed/Recognized by UNESCO

Memory of the World (5‧18 Archives of Gwangju, listed in 2011) | World Geopark (Mt. Mudeung-san, labeled in 2018) | Creative City Network (Media Art, designated in 2014, 2019)

10.11 (TUE)09:30 ~ 12:00KOR, ENG
room 212-213 LGBTQI
Human Rights of LGBTQI People in the Climate Crisis and the Role of Human Rights Cities  download Concept Note

The pandemic is threatening to everyone, but the size of the threat is never equal. A social assistance system based on a specific identity discriminates and excludes social minorities including LGBT, and even threatens their livelihoods. Against this back drop, the thematic session on LGBTQI of 2022 World Human Rights Cities Forum will be an opportunity to make a diagnosis of the reality - whether the rights of Gwangju citizens, as specified in the Gwangju Human Rights Charter, are also fully enjoyed by sexual minorities in Gwangju.

HAN Chaeyoon

[Korea] Executive Director, Beyond the Rainbow Foundation

  • JUNG Minwoo

    [Korea] Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

    Queering the Climate Crisis

    #Climate Justice #LGBTQI #Human Rights City

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  • YI Horim

    [Korea] Standing Activist, Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea

    The Role of Human Rights Cities, LGBTQI and Climate Justice in the Era of Climate Crisis

    #Climate Justice #LGBTQI #Human Rights Movement

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SONG Jieun

[Korea] Counseling team Leader and Attorney, LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center DDing Dong

JEONG Seongjo

[Korea] Executive Member, Dawoom - together4change

SEO Yujin

[Korea] Team Member, Gwangju Rainbow Project Team

JO Sinyoung

[Korea] Representative & Activist, Q&I


Gwangju Ingwonjigi Hwaljjak, Rainbow Project, Gwangju Network to Fight Against Hate Culture

10.11 (TUE)09:30 ~ 12:00KOR, ENG, KSL
room 302-303 Children and Youth
Youth Action in Response to Climate Crisis  download Concept Note

The climate crisis is a threat to the present and future of all humanity. Regardless of who is responsible, it is a massive burden that must be shouldered by us all. Beyond this, future generations will inevitably bear more of the harsh consequences of climate change than the generations that caused the problem in the first place. We wish to hear the stories of youth in Korea and abroad, who are taking direct action to respond to the climate crisis and protect their rights.

Opening Remarks
HYEONG Jiyoung

[Korea] School inspector, Democratic Community Education Department, Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education

Welcoming Remarks
Koh Inja

[Korea] Division Head, Democratic Community Education Department, Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education

HONG Gwanpyo

[Korea] Director, The Center for Public Interest&Human Rights, Chonnam National University

Special Lecture
Ian Fry

Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, United Nation

Melati Wijsen

[Netherlands] Founder, YOUTHTOPIA & Bye Bye Plastic Bags

  • KIM Borim

    [Korea] General Operations Coordinator, Youth 4 Climate Action

    Bringing Changes to Protect our Lives with the Voices of Those Involved

    #Climate Justice #Inequality #Stakeholder

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  • LEE Hangyeol

    [Korea]Representative, Gwangju Youth Climate Action 1.5°c

    Youth Taking the Lead in Climate Actions

    #Youth #Climate Action #Climate Justice

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PARK Hyunbin

[Korea] Student, Gwangju Inseong High School

KIM Nahun

[Korea] Student President of Student Council, Salesian High School

PARK Taemin

[Korea] Student, Dreaming_polarbear


Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education, Center for Public Interest & Human Rights Law Chonnam National University

10.11 (TUE)09:30 ~ 12:00ENG
room 306 Road to COP27
Intergrating Human Rights into Local Adaption Planning  download Concept Note

Glasgow Adaptation Impe rative sets out action and progress re quire d on the pathway to COP27 for an inclusive climate-re silie nt future. It recognise d that a more inclusive, e quitable and e ffective locally-led adaptation is the most significant opportunity to address the fundamental drive rs of climate vulne rability. He re human rights can support local gove rnme nts and stakeholde rs to put people at the center and ensure their active and meaningful pa rticipation in policy-making. Building on RWI’s research on NAP and handbook for citie s, this e ve nt will closely e xamine how local gove rnme nts can integrate human rights into their local climate change adaptation work, including local adaptation plans.

Welcoming Remarks
Tuti Alawiyah

[Indonesia] Deputy Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Windi Arini

[Indonesia] Programme Officer, Jakarta Office, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

  • Victor Bernard

    [Sweden] Programme Officer, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

    #Climate Change #Adaption #Gender Equality

  • Wiwandari Handayani

    [Indonesia] Professor, Diponegoro University

    Governance of Local Climate Change Adaptation – A Perspective to promote Social Justice

    #Local Climate Change Adaptation

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  • Albert Salamanca

    [Philippines] Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute

    #NAPs #Human Rights #Adaptation

  • Jerry Treñas

    [Philippines] Mayor, Iloilo City

  • Dr. H. Genius Umar

    [Indonesia] Mayor, Pariaman

  • Romchat Wachirarattanakornkul

    Human Right Officer, Human Rights, Climate change and environment Regional Focal Point, UN Human Rights


Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law(RWI)

10.11 (TUE)11:00 ~ 13:00ENG, IND
Online Meeting Indonesian Human Rights Cities Session
How Cities Can Help Building Climate Change Resilience  download Concept Note

The Indonesian government recognizes the importance of districts/cities in mitigating the effects of climate change and increasing resilience to climate change through existing policies. Therefore, the Human Rights City concept, which holds that human rights implementation through cities can be more effective and targeted, can be a strategy for overcoming the climate crisis and increasing resilience to climate change. During the WHRCF 2022, INFID would like to initiate a discussion about how cities can help overcome the climate crisis and increase their resilience to climate change. We invite all stakeholders to share and discuss climate change. We also invite all parties as participants to take part and participate in the discussion sessions, including young people, journalists, regional officials, vulnerable groups, and related groups.

Welcoming Remarks
Sugeng Bahagijo

[Indonesia] Executive Director, International NGO Forum On Indonesian Development (INFID)

Sekar Banjaran Aji

[Indonesia] Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia

  • Laksmi Dhewanthi

    [Indonesia] Director General, Climate Change Control, Ministry of Environment and Forestry

  • Eri Cahyadi

    [Indonesia] Mayor, Surabaya City

  • Riri Fitri Sari

    [Indonesia] Chairperson, Universitas Indonesia Green Metric

  • Akita Arum Verselita

    [Indonesia] Data and Research Analyst, Mongabay Indonesia

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  • Rizqa Hidayani

    [Indonesia] Program Manager, Kota Kita Foundation


International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID)

10.11 (TUE)13:00 ~ 15:30KOR, ENG, KSL
room 209-210 Disability
What is the Future of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Era of Climate Change?  download Concept Note

This session aims to present a discourse on the climate crisis and the human rights of the disabled to the local community so that the disabled, who are excluded from the existing climate crisis response, can independently adapt to upcoming changes and enjoy the rights of persons with disabilities. It is also intended to start activities to raise awareness of the climate crisis together with human rights groups for the disabled and environmental groups in the local community in order to transform the Gwangju area into an environmental city and an ecological city.

BAE Hyun

[Korea] Head of Department, Gwangju Human Right Center for People with Disabilities

CHONG Heekyong

[Korea] Associate Professor, Gwangju University

  • Therese Arnesen

    Human Rights Officer, UN Human Rights

    OHCHR Analytical Study on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Context of Climate Change

    #Human Rights #Climate Change

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  • Michal Balcerzak

    Vice-Chairperson, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    Implications of International Human Rights Law and International Disaster Law for Persons with Disabilities in the Era of Climate Change

    #Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities #United Nations

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  • LEE Jinhee

    [Korea] Co-Representative, Women with Disabilities Empathy

    Climate Crisis and “Facility Society”

    #Climate Justice #Deinstitution #Women with Disabilities

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CHOI Hanbyol

[Korea] Secretary General, Korean Disability Forum

Yu Heejeong

[Korea] Co-Founder, Transition Town Eunpyeong

Do Yeon

[Korea] Standing Activist, Gwangju Human Rights Center HwalJjak


Gwangju Human Right Center for People with Disabilities, Gwangju Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination

10.11 (TUE)13:00 ~ 15:30KOR, ENG
room 212-213 Women
Impacts of Climate Change on Women and Climate Change Response in Gender Perspective  download Concept Note

The climate crisis causes not only crises of natural ecosystems such as extreme weather and ecosystem destruction, but also crises of social ecosystems such as economic and health deterioration and deepening social inequality. Indeed, the climate crisis exacerbates the fragile environment and inequality that women and social minorities must face. By sharing the impact of the climate crisis on women through domestic and international cases and examining the gendersensitive climate crisis response policies suggested by international norms, we would like to seek ways to respond to the climate crisis to resolve structural inequality.

KIM Ranhee

[Korea] Representative, Gwangju Jeonnam Women's Association

KIM Gyoungrae

[Korea] Policy Committee Member, Gwangju Jeonnam Women's Association

  • Daisy PARK

    [Korea] Representative, Pacific Tourism Organization

    The Green Heart of the Pacific

    #Climate Change #Women's Rights #Island

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  • Unang Mulkhan

    [Indonesia] Director, SDGs Center UNILA

    Indonesian Cases of Responding to the Climate Crisis throughout Mangrove Forest Health Monitoring in Sumatera and Women's Participation in Local Economies

    #Climate Crisis #Gender Perspective #Local Economies

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OH Kyungjin

[Korea] Executive Director, Korea Women's Associations United (KWAU)

Popho E.S. BARK-YI

[Korea] Professor, Jirisan Feminism School, Taeng-Ja

HAN Yunhee

[Korea] Councilor, Gwangju Gwangsan District Council

Zoé Cerutti

[France] International Project Manager, International Observatory on Violence against Women


Gwangju Jeonnam Women's Association United

10.11 (TUE)13:00 ~ 16:00Korean
room 214 Local Government Ombudsmen Workshop **


Gyeonggi-do Human Rights Center, Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education, Gwangju International Center

10.11 (TUE)13:00 ~ 16:00KOR, ENG
Side Events Human Rights Policy Tour
Kimdaejung Convention Center → Gwangju Pureungil Park → Bitgoeul Citizen's Sunlight Power → Kimdaejung Convention Center

Human Rights Policy Tour will provide participants with a chance to learn about Gwangju City’s policies related to climate environment while walking through Gwangju Pureungil Park, ICLEI KO CS No. 14.

10.11 (TUE)16:00 ~ 18:30KOR, ENG, CC
Online Meeting Plenary Session Ⅱ
Climate Justice at the Heart of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities  download Concept Note

The climate crisis, like that of the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing armed conflicts, is not only expected to disproportionately affect disadvantaged groups within given contexts, but also to influence forced migration, displacing thousands of communities from their homes worldwide. Ethnic minority groups are said to breathe 46% more nitrogen dioxide in the US, and 85% of the urban poor worldwide are exposed to flood risk compared to 60% of urban population at large. These impacts are increasingly becoming experienced and embodied by our communities and even more so by the most vulnerable of us all, including ethnic minorities, women and youth. Individuals facing racism are also disproportionately impacted by climate-related injustices making racism and climate change inextricably linked and to be jointly addressed.

Welcoming Remarks
Anna Maria Majlöf

Chief of the Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section, UNESCO

Video Message
Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez

[Phillipines] Mayor, City of Ormoc

Melati Wijsen

[Netherlands] Founder, YOUTHTOPIA & Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Linda Tinio-Le Douarin

Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

  • CHOI Jeehyun

    [Korea] Councilor, Gwangju Metropolitan Council

  • Sohail Inayatullah

    Chairperson in Futures Studies, UNESCO

  • Sherman Cruise

    [Philippines] Chairperson, Center for Engaged Foresight

  • Mary Alice Haddad

    [USA] Professor, East Asian and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University

    Cities and Universities against Racism

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  • Engr Akram Khraisat

    [Jordan] Director of Amman Urban Observatory

  • Joshua Omonuk

    [Uganda] Climate Activist, Rise Up Movement

  • Evein Obulor

    Coordinator, European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR)


Gwangju International Center, UNESCO

10.11 (TUE)16:00 ~ 18:00KOR, ENG
Online Meeting Human Rights in Local DRRM, with Focus on the Built Environment
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Forced Displacement  download Concept Note

Increasing numbers of local and regional authorities across the world are struggling to cope with climate and weather-related disasters and displacement, that in several places, particularly in the global south, have grown increasingly frequent and forceful. One clear factor deciding the impacts of such disasters in terms of mortality, but also of destruction of for instance hospitals, water cisterns, housing, and key livelihoods, is risk awareness in planning the built environment. Risk reduction and management, with inclusive, participatory planning and response, is necessary to protect human rights, including rights to life, health, and shelter, in the face both of existing threats, and of the scenarios that are forecasted in the latest IPCC reports.

Welcoming Remarks
Morten Kjærum

[Denmark] Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Johanna Sjöwall

[Sweden] Expert, Human Rights in Local Governance, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

  • Matthew Scott

    [Sweden] Head, the Human Rights and the Environment Thematic Area, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

  • Andreia Fidalgo

    [Portugal] Europe Programme Manager, Built Environment, Institute for Human Rights and Business Nordic

Nelson S. Legacion

[Philippines] Mayor, Naga City

Atiqul Islam

[Bangladesh] Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation

Shams Asadi

[Austria] Head, Human Rights Office, Vienna City

Seema Dutt

[India] Chief Executive Officer, Savusavu Town Council


Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law(RWI), Institute for Human Rights and Business(IHRB)