RWI Launched Blended Learning Course for Local Governments across Asia Pacific to Promote Inclusive Recovery and Resiliency

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) in partnership with UCLG-ASPAC and The Metropolitan City of Gwang Ju have launched the fourth 2021 Blended Learning Course (BLC) for city local governments across the Asia Pacific. The BLC is aimed to introduce local governments from Asia Pacific to concepts and experiences of the localisation of human rights in SDG processes, and to discuss how to leverage these in reshaping city planning to achieve sustainable and more inclusive recovery for urban resilience.


Disasters are aggravated by the lack of preparation, and the vulnerable classes suffer the most. On this, Morten Kjaerum, Director of RWI and Chair of the International Committee of World Human Rights City Forum (WHRCF), highlights that a human rights-based approach can help cities in protecting the most vulnerable during disasters.



This year’s BLC gathers participation of local governments from 6 countries in the Asia Pacific, namely, Indonesia, Kiribati, Maldives, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. The BLC will last for 5 months (May-October) with a series of online modules, online consultations/webinar, course project, and participation at the World Human Rights City Forum in October 2021.


The virtual BLC launching event that was held on May 27, 2021 has been attended by local government representatives from various countries. From the city mayor to city representatives, were keen to participate in the RWI BLC launch and share their experience and knowledge on localizing human rights SDGs recovery and resiliency topic.


The launch of BLC also features some alumni from the previous RWI BLC to share their experience and knowledge about the program and how useful BLC is in helping them gain new knowledge about human rights education.



BLC is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. RWI in this case used BLC to share knowledge and experience about human rights education.