Knowledge, Tools and Resources


In this section you will find useful resources specifically related to inclusive and accessible urban development. You will also find links to resources to which WBU has contributed. Please note that the list in not exhaustive and will be updated continuously. Many interesting resources can be found on the websites of our networks and partners. Please browse to the section on Networks & Partners to find links!

Global framework and instruments

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development (NUA) (Multiple languages, EN audio-format, EN braille-friendly)

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015)

Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” can be accessed here.

World Health Organization (WHO) Age-friendly Cities framework

Global Compact for Inclusive and Accessible Cities

The global compact and the Cities 4 all campaign  are the key products of the Global Network for Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Cities (DIAUD).

Policy documents and outcomes

 United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Policy Paper on Inclusive and Accessible Cities – co-created by the PCG and DIAUD network

Policy Paper on Sustainable Urban Development – co-created by the General Assembly of Partners (GAP) multi-stakeholder platform.

World Urban Forum declarations

World Urban Forum 9 outcome declaration: Declaration on Cities 2030

World Urban Forum 10 outcome declaration: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions 

Publications / Reports

 DIAUD network and CBM

The Inclusion Imperative: Towards Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development – Key Recommendations for an Inclusive Urban Agenda (ENG) (ES) (Easy-Read).

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)

Report: Disability at a Glance 2019: Investing in Accessibility in the Asia and the Pacific – Strategic Approaches to Achieving Disability-Inclusive Development


Strategic Plan 2020-2023: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (ENG) (FR) (ES)

Webinar resources

Smart Cities for All: Leveraging Technology and Data for More Inclusive Cities Worldwide (2020-03-25) ​

The webinar was offered by the World Blind Union in Collaboration with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications (G3ICT), Smart Cities for All, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The webinar provides an overview of disability-inclusion in global frameworks informing urban development and how Smart Cities can become accessible for all, including how the smartness of cities can be assessed and benchmarked.

Creating and Evaluating Digital Documents for Accessibility (2020-03-27) ​

This webinar was offered by the World Blind Union (WBU) in collaboration with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications (G3ICT) and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Accessibility and inclusion start with an organisation’s internal practices, and this webinar focuses on how organisations and individuals can create and evaluate accessible digital documents including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF-files. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to comply with accessibility standards, mitigate common errors and make use of in-built accessibility checkers.

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Public Space for/with Resilient Communities (2020-06-18)

This webinar is part of a 2020 A Year Without Public Space during the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar series by the Journal of Public Space, City Space Architecture, and partners. This session was made in collaboration with WBU and can be accessed here along a written summary of the session.

Equity and Accessibility in Times of Pandemic: Building Cities for All Post-COVID-19 (2020-07-15)

This was an official HLPF side event launching the Recommendations for Empowering Local Governments on Inclusive Pandemic Response co-organised by DIAUD network, World Enabled, The UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility, UNDESA, Permanent Mission of The United Arab Emirates to The United Nations, and Cities 4 All partners including WBU. Find out more by accessing Full recording (EN), Summary notes (EN).

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