Coming up – High Level Political Forum 2018: focus on sustainable urban development

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This July, HI attends the annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, which will be dedicated to “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.

An opportunity to promote safe and inclusive mobility

HI’s work is embedded in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, advocating for more inclusive policies that truly leave no one behind and systematically address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

One of HI priority areas is road safety, tackled not only as a public health concern, but also as a mobility issue for persons with disabilities. Indeed, we believe that safe and inclusive mobility is central for guaranteeing universal access to economic, social, cultural and political spheres of society. Especially in urban context, as more than half of the world’s population, including persons with disabilities, live in urban areas, where they face considerable accessibility barriers.

Among the goals selected for this year session, the HLPF will focus on SDG 11 – Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, which comprises a target 11.2: “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”. The HLPF will review global progress towards the achievement of that goal, and 48 States have also voluntarily agreed to share their progress on SDGs (Voluntary National Review).

For HI, this represents an opportunity to draw the attention of concerned State representatives and other stakeholders (UN agencies, EU parliamentarians, CSOs, private sector, academia etc.) to the importance of safe mobility, road safety and accessible urban infrastructure, for safe, inclusive, prosperous and resilient cities.

A busy agenda for HI delegation

To seize the opportunity, HI will ensure adequate representation by the advocacy team, the technical resources department and the US national association. At the head of the delegation, we are pleased to count on the participation of Mrs. Dagué Guèye Ndèye, member of HI Federation’s board and chair of the Women Committee of the Senegal DPO Federation.

During the week, HI will organize or be represented in a series of event, among which:

With the support of the governments of Belgium and Luxembourg, HI organizes a debate on road safety and inclusion. The launch of a new study on safe mobility is also the occasion to invite other panelists from different sectors (governments, donors, local authorities from the South, UN agency) to discuss how they address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities in their policies and actions on road safety, urban planning and transport.

  • Side event of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities on July 11

IDA, coordinator of the Stakeholder Group on Persons with Disability (SGPwD) (i.e. the institutionalized interest group recognized by the UN), organizes an event on inclusion of persons with disabilities in cities. HI will participate in the panel to highlight the issue of safe mobility, with an emphasis on accessibility.

Building on the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda’s call for ‘a safe and healthy journey to school for every child’, FIAF will invite high-level representatives to debate on road safety and to sign on to the Child Health Initiative’s campaign calling for a UN Special Summit on Child & Adolescent Health. HI will also contribute to the panel discussion.