World Enabled is Driving An Inclusive Urban Transformation in Latin America

The Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities gains momentum with signatories and partners in Latin America

Dr. Victor Pineda
World Enabled team celebrate after the signing ceremony with city and industry leaders across Latin America.
World Enabled team celebrate after the signing ceremony with city and industry leaders across Latin America.

In December 2018, the Cities for All Campaign a flagship initiative of World Enabled and it’s partners gathered to launch the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. Representatives of the cities of New York, São Paulo, Chicago, Curitiba, Berlin, Amman and El-Aaiún with the support of the German Federal Government (BMZ), UN Habitat, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the General Assembly of Habitat III Partners and the Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development Network for Disability (DIAUD) that counts with strong allies such as CBM International and The World Blind Union.

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, declares that “Rio de Janeiro is proud to be a founding signer of the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. We are committed to being an Intelligent and Inclusive City and are delighted to work with partners throughout our region to join our inclusion efforts with our work in the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). “ Rio de Janeiro is one of the main signatory cities of the Cities For All campaign after launch.

Sao Paulo Paulo is a signatory city and a founding member of the Cities for All campaign, the mayor of Sao Paulo, Bruno Covas, adds:

“São Paulo is proud to join other leading cities to promote inclusion throughout the region and the world. There should be no conversations about smart cities without adding inclusion and accessibility in the discussion.”

The events of Smart City Expo LATAM Puebla Congress 2019 (SCELatam 2019), with its main theme “radical inclusion”, will help the region to continue showcasing its progress on inclusion and accessibility.

In October 2018, World Enabled joined UN Habitat and the Annual Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities on Housing and Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) in Buenos Aires. As a result of a high-level roundtable discussion, moderated by Dr. Víctor Pineda, more than 20 urban development ministers pledged to promote inclusive and accessible cities, recognizing the principles of Accessibility and Universal Design as key factors for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the region (MINURVI Declaration of Buenos Aires 2018).

Elkin Velásquez, Director of the Regional Office of Latin America of UN-Habitat, states: “We are proud to work with World Enabled and the Cities For All campaign to improve inclusion and accessibility in Latin American cities. We want to integrate the principles of the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

As the campaign gains momentum World Enabled will advance a first of it’s kind research initiative to benchmark cities on access and inclusion. The Inclusive Cities Index will be a first of it’s kind tool to rank cities and showcase a series of case studies from across the world. The research is being developed in partnership with Columbia University, the University of California Berkeley, and Cornell Tech. Key and preliminary findings of a global survey on inclusive and accessible cities will be launched later in the fall of 2019.

If you are interested in learning more about the Inclusive Cities Index, please contact: amy@worldenabled.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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