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UN Habitat First Global Stakeholders Forum held in Kenya

Harnessing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Foster Innovative Urban Solutions 

The World Blind Union has encouraged UN Habitat stakeholders to recognise and commit to reducing gender and all forms of  inequalities and barriers faced by, among others, children, youth, indigenous people, older persons and persons with disabilities. During the First Global Stakeholders Forum to Foster Innovative Urban Solutions, held in Nairobi, Kenya, 25-26 May 2019, WBU urged UN Habitat to adopt effective measures to address inclusion, participation and accessibility.

The theme of Forum is "Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities" and the sub-theme is “Accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.​

In the coming decades over one billion persons with disabilities, many of which are living with a visual impairment, will live in cities. Barriers and discrimination persists in the cities of today, and cities must take effective measures to design and plan cities in participatory ways where universal design principles are at its core, so that no one or no place is left behind. 

WBU was represented at the meeting by Hannes J. Lagrelius , Program Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative.

Hannes J. Lagrelius , WBU Program Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative
Hannes J. Lagrelius , WBU Program Officer, Accessibility in Smart Cities Initiative

Read more about the WBU Smart Cities program at: http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/SmartCities/Pages/default.aspx​

Watch video recap about the Forum on WBU YouTube Channel

Read more about the UN Habitat Forum