ALERT – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda

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This week, 7 to 13 February 2018, HI attends the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Why is it crucial to promote cities for all?

According to the World Health Organization and the World Bank, 15% of the world’s population live with some type of impairment or disability. The world’s urban population is expected to nearly double by 2050, with 70 per cent of people living in cities.

The Sustainable Development Goals highlighted the importance of the urban dimension in achieving sustainable development. This is clearly translated in the Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) “Make cities and human settlement inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Other goals also have important urban dimensions to be considered and addressed to achieve their targets (SDG1 “End poverty”, SDG5 “Gender equality, SDG10 “Reduced inequalities”…).

Sustainable and inclusive cities are therefore pivotal to “Leave No One Behind” and the annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, in July 2018, will review the SDG 11. Other international frameworks addressing global concerns, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, are also strongly interlinked with the dynamics of urban development.

 What is the World Urban Forum (WUF9) ?

The review of SDG 11 is strongly connected to the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) agreed upon in Quito in October 2016. The Urban Agenda is viewed as the key mechanism to mobilise international and local stakeholders to coordinate the implementation of the SDGs regarding cities. The Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) is the first large-scale event on urban development after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III and the first one to focus on its implementation. Convened by UN-Habitat, it contributes to global mobilization and advocacy for the common vision on sustainable urban development and advancing the SDGs.

HI’s presence at the World Urban Forum

Along with other members of the Global Network on Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD), HI is represented at the conference.

It is a real opportunity for HI to get a deeper understanding of the issue. Indeed, HI’s advocacy concentrates on inclusive development, with the general objectives of strengthening the inclusion of people with disabilities and promoting health. In 2018, we will produce a study on safe mobility for all, namely for persons with disabilities, in urban context. At the crossroads between the issues of road safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities, safe mobility is instrumental to enable persons with disabilities to access services.

See below a list of the events organised by the Global Network on Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD):

20180131 WUF9 Flyer - All Events DIAUD