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IDPP Presents at UN DESA/DSPD Forum on Disability & Development

United Nations DESA logoIDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn will offer a virtual presentation on the "Role of Legislation and Standards in Promoting Accessible Urban Development with a Focus on Information and Communication Technologies" at the United Nations Forum on Disability and Development: Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development hosted by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs / Division of Social Policy and Development from 28-30 October 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. He will join fellow renowned global disability and public policy experts on his panel, including Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, disability advisor at The World Bank; Mr. Shuaib Chalken, former UN special rapporteur on disability; and colleagues from Leonard Cheshire Disability, International Centre for Accessible Transportation, and Zero Project.

Dr. Cogburn will speak during the roundtable on planning and building accessible and inclusive cities, and the roles of standards and national legislation in urban development, such as in transportation and urban infrastructure.

The proportion of the world’s urban population is expected to reach almost 60% by 2050. Of this, 90% will be in Africa and Asia. As urban growth and migration continues forward, urban planning is key to creating inclusive and accessible cities. Public spaces, buildings and homes should be equipped and ready to accommodate everyone, including those with mobile, visual and audio limitations. This is essential for sustainable urban development. Conference goals include: providing a space to discuss experiences, share expertise in influencing and strengthening policy, encourage involvement in policy process, and create recommendations with an end goal to promote inclusive urban development and to contribute to the preparatory processes leading to the Habitat III and its “New Urban Agenda.” 

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