Leaders from all of Latin America Commit to Build Smart, Inclusive and Accessible Cities

Dr. Victor Pineda
Aug 7 · 7 min read

Leaders and mayors of Latin America and the Caribbean have signed a commitment to support the principles of the “Cities for All” Global Compact at Smart City Expo LATAM Puebla 2019

  • Leaders from all of Latin America Commit to Build Smart, Inclusive and Accessible Cities
  • Leaders and mayors of Latin America and the Caribbean have signed a commitment to support the principles of the Global Compact for Inclusive and Accessible Cities.

Puebla, July 19, 2018: Under the slogan of “Radical Inclusion,” The Smart City Expo LATAM Puebla Congress 2019 (SCELatam 2019) served as a platform for the analysis and specialized discussion on the development of inclusive and sustainable urban policies at the regional level. Within this framework, the UN Habitat Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Smart LATAM Alliance, the City of Puebla, the Association of Mexican Municipalities and Smart Cities (AMMECI), as well as several municipalities in the region signed the commitment to mainstream the six principles of the Global Cities for All Campaign within its urban policies.

Smart City Expo LATAM Congress 2019 took place in Puebla, Mexico, from July 2 to 4 and ended its activities gathering 12,856 visitors from 45 countries along with the participation of 116 collaborating companies and institutions. In addition to promoting the basic principles of the Cities For All campaign, collaborating with this great event, World Enabled also co-organized a High Level Workshop entitled “Cities for all: An Inclusive Urban Transformation”. The Campaign and the Global Agreement of Cities for All (Cities For All) mobilize central and local governments, as well as multiple stakeholders related to the development of inclusive urban strategies anchored to the principles of: 1) Non-Discrimination, 2) Accessibility , 3) Participation, 4) Inclusive Urban Policies and Programs, 5) Capacity Development and 6) Data for Development.

A group of signatories converge in Puelba to sign the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities.
A group of signatories converge in Puelba to sign the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities.
A group of signatories converge in Puebla to sign the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities.

Elkin Velásquez, Regional Director of UN Habitat, Manuel Redondo, President of Fira Barcelona Mexico and Tony Gali, first advisor of the Smart LATAM Alliance, jointly signed on to the principles of the Global Compact for Inclusive and Accessible Cities. The campaign principles were also signed by Gerardo Ríos Bermúdez, General Coordinator of the Municipal Planning Institute of the city of Puebla (IMPLAN) on behalf of Mrs. Claudia Rivera, Municipal President of Puebla.

Representatives of the municipality of Puebla sign the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities.

In addition, four mayors of Venezuela were also present to sign the compact, Manuel Ferreira, Mayor of Lechería, Morel Rodríguez, Mayor of Maneiro, Gustavo Duque, Mayor of Chacao and Elías Sayeg Mayor of Hatillo. In addition, Mr. Samuel de Jesús Medina, Executive Secretary of the Association of Mexican Municipalities and Smart Cities (AMMECI) signed the compact on behalf of Mr. Fernando Pérez Rodríguez, president of AMMECI (municipal president of Tulancingo).

Four mayors from Venezuela also signed the Global Compact to facilitate exchange of ideas on digital inclusion.
Four mayors from Venezuela also signed the Global Compact to facilitate exchange of ideas on digital inclusion.
Four mayors from Venezuela also signed the Global Compact to facilitate exchange of ideas on digital inclusion.
World Blind Union and the National Association of Mexican Cities sign the Global Compact for Accessible and Inclusive Cities.
World Blind Union and the National Association of Mexican Cities sign the Global Compact for Accessible and Inclusive Cities.
World Blind Union and the National Association of Mexican Cities sign the Global Compact for Accessible and Inclusive Cities.

“People with disabilities are part of each community, and rapid urbanization in Latin America requires cities to implement policy and technology solutions as catalysts for equity and access. The Compact and the Cities for All Global Campaign will mobilize tools, resources and connect communities of practice to build a more inclusive infrastructure in a faster way,” said Dr. Víctor Pineda, president of World Enabled — Urban Planner and Director of the Inclusive Cities Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.

On the other hand, during the afternoon of July 3, World Enabled together with the strategic support of UN-Habitat, the Alianza Smart LATAM, The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3Ict), and the Center for 4th Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum organized a high-level workshop named “Cities for all: An inclusive urban transformation”. The session brought together urban development authorities from all over Latin America and witnessed a broad debate about the main mechanisms for the implementation and financing of inclusive urban strategies for the region.

Fernando Jácome and Luis Artieda, representatives of the World Enabled organization moderated this important dialogue and explained how The Global Cities for All Campaign works with leaders and communities in Latin America and the world to ensure that city planning and technology investments do not leave anyone behind, including people with disabilities and older persons. The event featured keynote presentations by Elkin Velásquez, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of UN Habitat; James Thurston, vice president of G3Ict; Sergio Naranjo, representative of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Colombia affiliated with the World Economic Forum; and Cris Alessi, President of the Curitiba Agency, Brazil.

In Puebla, World Enabled met with allies for the Cities For All campaign and the region. Murat Sonmez, Director of the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum (WEF), stated “we look forward to working closely with World Enabled. Technology must be inclusive and focused on human being. The WEF recently opened a Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution in Colombia to help accelerate the benefits of emerging technologies throughout the region and our network can take it to a global level. The responsible implementation and use of smart city technologies and IoT (Internet of Things), for the public good, is one of the focus areas of the new affiliated Center.” During the high-level dialogue co-organized with World Enabled, Karime Kuri, Manager of Internet of Things, Robotics, and Smart Cities at the World Economic Forum, facilitated a discussion that solicited new perspectives on obstacles and solutions to advance inclusion in cities.

In addition, during the event, through the joint Smart Cities For All initiative, World Enabled and G3ict continued to promote tools such as the playbook for inclusive innovation and the digital inclusion maturity model for smart cities. The Smart Cities for Everyone toolkit includes tools to help guide the city’s technology investments and is now available in 10 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and English.

On the other hand, based on the commitment to develop inclusive and sustainable urban strategies at the regional level, the project “Diagnosis and Recommendations on Accessibility and Universal Design for Land Transportation Policy for the Republic of Ecuador,” jointly organized by World Enabled, the Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Ecuador (MTOP) and CBM International was recognized as one of the best regional practices in its role as a finalist of the 2019 Smart LATAM Awards. Katherine Chacón Martínez, coordinator of the study was responsible for receiving the distinction in Representation of the research team of the three organizations. This process is the first comprehensive operation with a national scope, based on the six principles of the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This project was developed within the construction of the inclusive Ecuadorian national mobility plan, and incorporates the concepts of universal design generating key recommendations for the implementation of policies, operational management and urban infrastructure.

About World Enabled

World Enabled is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. Our fieldwork and research initiatives further an inclusive human and civil rights approach to disability programs and policies. With our international partners we work to build inclusive societies where people with disabilities can develop their talents, skills and abilities and reach their full potential.

Our success is based on our integrated holistic approach. Our highly skilled team carries out research, technical assistance, and capacity building initiatives in partnership with research institutions, government agencies, multilateral organizations as well as with persons with disabilities and their allies.

For more information visit: http://worldenabled.org/.

About Smart Cities For All

G3ict and World Enabled launched the Smart Cities for All initiative to define the state of ICT accessibility in smart cities around the world. The goal for Smart Cities for All is to remove the digital divide for the elderly and persons with disabilities in smart cities around the world. We are partnering with leading organizations and companies to create and implement the tools and strategies necessary to build more inclusive smart cities.

Launched in 2016, the initiative is led by James Thurston, vice president of G3ict and Dr. Victor Pineda, president of World Enabled. Both James and Victor are leading accessibility experts who are committed to building a broad global coalition to ensure that people with disabilities and the elderly equally benefit from the progress of smart cities as all other citizens.

For more info visit www.smartcities4all.org

About Smart LATAM Alliance

Alianza Smart LATAM is a network and permanent platform for Latin American collaboration linking the different city and territory transformation agents and promoting the advancement of the Smart City model that will improve the quality of life for inhabitants of the regions. Smart Latam Alliance emerged as an initiative from the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress, promoted by UN Habitat, and fully linked to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development goals.

For more info visit http://alianzasmartlatam.org/

Dr. Victor Pineda

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Global Access Expert. Creating @WorldEnabled through transformative research, policy. Fostering innovation & inclusion. Directing @12Bends.

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