Forum on Ways forward Towards a Disability Inclusive and Accessible New Urban Agenda #COSP9
With 60 per cent of the world’s population predicted to be living in cities by 2030, urbanization is one of the most significant global trends of the 21st century. For persons with disabilities across the world, ill planned and developed towns and cities that lacks of accessibility often present a combination of physical, environmental, technical and social barriers to infrastructures, facilities and public services.
As member states are negotiating the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda to be considered for adoption at the Habitat III in October 2016, the international community is now faced with another great opportunity and challenge to ensure the New Urban Agenda to be accessible to and inclusive of all urban habitants, including persons with disabilities.
Making cities and towns accessible and inclusive for all, including persons with disabilities, is essential for sustainable urban development and also a human right imperative.