Global Disability Summit 2022: WBU Side Event on Disability-Inclusive Climate Resilient Cities – 17th Feb 2022, 12-1pm CET

February 11, 2022 11:34 am Published by

Join Global Disability Innovation Hub, World Blind Union and an expert panel to explore the role of inclusive design as a sustainable solution to create more inclusive, accessible and resilient cities.

From climate action to the pandemic, we’ll discuss the importance of resilience and inclusion, and the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures for both people and planet. We’ll explore how inclusive design can create improved and equal access to education, employment, healthcare, recreation and independent living. With global voices, our expert panel will discuss what we know, what we’ve learnt and what next for Disability Inclusive, Climate Resilient Cities.

The built environment plays a crucial role in supporting people’s resilience to crises including changing climates and pandemics. Our infrastructure must protect and support people and the planet.

An inclusive built environment enables access to opportunities and services, and it also allows people to participate on an equal basis in life and culture. Strengthening the capacity of local governments, industry professionals and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities to deliver good inclusive design will help achieve the targets and commitments as we progress towards the full implementation of the CRPD. Cities around the world are growing and evolving quickly, whilst also being affected by changing climates and extreme weather. These issues are particularly evident in the Global South where essential infrastructure can be lacking and where 80% of Persons with Disabilities live (UNHCR). We’ll discuss What Next for Disability- Inclusive, Climate Resilient Cities.

Hear from:

  • UK Aid funded, GDI Hub led, AT2030 Programme on inclusive and resilient city design in Mongolia, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
  • The World Blind Union will share insights from its Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development • UN-Habitat will share their experiences from working with participatory methods in spatial planning.
  • United Cities and Local Governments will discuss building a Community of Practice on accessibility in which cities collaborate and exchange on the localisation of CRPD at local and regional levels
  • World Enabled will discuss the impact of the Cities For All global compact and campaign in localising the CRPD at local and regional levels
  • International Disability Alliance will ensure the voices of persons with disabilities remain central to the discussion

The panel:

  • Iain McKinnon & Mikaela Patrick, Global Disability Innovation Hub
  • Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, World Blind Union
  • Elin Fabre, UN-Habitat
  • Elham Youssefian, International Disability Alliance
  • Victor Pineda & Sandra Willis, World Enabled
  • Representative of the UCLG Community of Practice on Inclusive Cities and Territories, United Cities and Local Governments

Captioning and International Sign Language will be available at this event



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This post was written by Aurelien Dayde