Barcelona Declaration on Time Policies

a pioneering political declaration that aims to commit us to develop actions to put the right to time and promote time policies on the international and urban political agenda and to ensure that the right to time is acknowledged as a fundamental right of all citizens and is equally distributed.  

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A multidisciplinary and holistic declaration grouping all main demands regarding time policies and placing right to time at the agenda

The initial signatories’ group relevant stakeholders from all over the world

Multidisciplinary stakeholders: research centers, unions and business organisations, local and regional stakeholders and civil society

The Declaration will keep open to new applicants

Our 10 Commitments 

All the signatories agreed on, within the area of their competence and possibilities:

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WE WILL WORK TO GENERATE AWARENESS, DEVELOP, AND IMPLEMENT TIME POLICIES

that advance towards a healthier, equalitarian, more productive, and sustainable society, that ensure that the right to time is acknowledged as a fundamental right of all citizens and is equally distributed.

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WE WILL PROMOTE THE DIALOGUE, AND WORK WITH ALL RELEVANT SECTORS WITHIN EACH TOPIC

(including public authorities, private and social organizations, civil society, and the Academia) in the formulation, implementation and assessment of all time-related policies, programmes and initiatives; and seek coherence between them. 

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WE WILL ENCOURAGE INTERDEPARTMENTAL AND CROSS-SECTOR COORDINATION

at international, European, national, regional, municipal and community levels, working to integrate time policy considerations into social, gender, economic and environmental policies, programmes and initiatives, including the ones related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Green Deal, the European Social Pillar and the “Future of Europe” Process.

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WE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A “TIME POLICIES FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION (2022-2023)

with the objective to generate political consensus and make recommendations for a Global Time Policy agenda and develop an Urban Time Agenda. 

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WE WILL REVIEW AND AMEND EXISTING POLICIES, PLANS AND REGULATIONS

(Based on this consensus) to implement time policy recommendations in all the institutions and organisations responsible for it.

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PROMOTE AND SUPPORT THE TIME USE WEEK

 as a yearly international, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional event to encourage time policies and share the progress on time policies and research.

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WE WILL COLLABORATE FURTHER TO FORMALISE THE INTERNATIONAL URBAN TIME NETWORK

 as a dynamic network to share good practices on local and urban time policies, to share major recommendations and demands and to enhance the visibility of local and regional time policies and networks.

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WE WILL PROMOTE, CONDUCT AND SHARE RELEVANT RESEARCH ON TIME USE FROM ALL FIELDS

in order to contribute to the existing knowledge, find a higher integration between research and time policies. For this we will further cooperate with the International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) and work together for the creation of the  European Academy of Time Policies.

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WE WILL PROMOTE THE DEBATE AMONG THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND THE RELEVANT POLICY MAKERS REGARDING THE END OF SEASONAL TIME CHANGES

 establishing health and well-being as main criteria while respecting individual freedom.

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WE WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS TO JOIN THIS DECLARATION. 

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Signatories

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International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR), Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR), European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS), Temporal Belongings,  German Society for Time, German Institute for Urban Affairs, Center for Metropolitan Studies - TU Berlin, German Academy for Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL), Research consortium on Labour Standards (University of Hamburg), Better Times, Association for Ecological Economic Research (VÖW), Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IFGG, KIT), Münchner Forum, ARL-Academy for territorial developement in the Leibniz Association, Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), Barcelona Metropolitan and Regional Studies' Institute (IEMRB), Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT), :  Time Sociology Research Committee from Spanish Sleep Federation, Centre for Time Use Research (UCL), Autonomy, Waiting Times Project, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research ,Centre of Advance Studies on Physiology and Economical and Social Politics Centre (UM).  Workers´ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC),  CCOO and UGT (the major trade union from Catalonia and Spain) and PIMEC (SME trade union from Catalonia) and Foment (major business Organisation), Fundación ANDI (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia) / National Association of Business in Colombia , Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area, Catalan Provincial Area, Terrassa, Lleida, Girona , Ville de Rennes, Ville de Strasbourg, Métropole Européenne de Lille, Milano Metropolitan Area, Milano City Hall, Bolzano and Bergamo. Montevideo , Tempo Territorial (the French cities network for time policies),  Catalan Federation of Municipalities and Catalan Association of Municipalities , Barcelona Time Use Initiative (BTUI), International Alliance for Natural Time (IANT), European Medical Association (EMA), LatinoAmerican Association for Bank Times , Arbeitszeitgesellschaft (Working Time Society), Aliamos GmbH,  SowiTra (Science research and consulting institute based in Berlin), Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Familienbund der Katholiken, Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK), Assotiation to Delay the Time  (Verein zur Verzögerung der Zeit) ,Take back your time and Save Standard Time , Bank Time (Asociación para el Desarrollo de los Bancos de Tiempo), Spanish Commission for Rationalisation of Schedules (AHROE) , B-Society , Bank Time -Association Salud y Familia,  Women of Europe Studies Center. Bank Time - Associazione Nazionale Banche del Tempo,  Bank Time - Graal-associação Social E Cultural, Belgische vereniging tegen het Zomeruur / Associacion Belge Pour une Heure Naturelle Stable (Belgian Association for Stable Natural Time), Platform Betere Tijden - Gezonder leven in je eigen ritme  (Better Times Platform - For healthier living at your own rhythm, Bank Time - Fundación Esquel, Corporación Contigo Colombia 



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