Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, DIAUD Network, Events, News, February 2 2018

The DIAUD Network meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, focused on final preparations for the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), scheduled for February 7th-13th at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).  The meeting was led by Dr Victor Pineda, President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) and World Enabled. Dr Pineda outlined the WUF9 events to be hosted by DIAUD, the Partner Constituent Group of Persons with Disabilities (PwD-PCG), and UN Habitat’s General Assembly of Patrons (GAP). Dr Pineda also highlighted those events at which DIAUD Network members are encouraged to participate.

On Friday, February 9th, DIAUD members are invited to attend the WUF9 Stakeholders’ Roundtable for Persons with Disabilities at 9:00 AM MST in Conference Hall 1. The Roundtables present an opportunity for focused discussions, reviews, and next steps toward the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additional Roundtables will be held throughout the week; for more information, visit the WUF9 Programme website.

Logo from promotion of the World Urban Forum 9.

WUF9 Logo

On Sunday, February 11th, City for All: WUF9 Aerial Art and Advocacy will be held outside the KLCC. Inspired by DIAUD’s Inclusive Society event at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016, City for All will be a live aerial human art project promoting inclusion for people with disabilities in cities around the world. The event is open to the public with a number of celebrities and Malaysian government officials already scheduled to attend. City for All will begin at 9:00 AM MST.

Also on Sunday, February 11th, is a DIADU-led panel on “Implementing Universal Accessibility at the Local Level – Practical Actions for Realizing an Inclusive Urban Agenda”. The panel’s partners are GAP PwD-PCG, GAP Older Persons PCG, CBM, Ford Foundation, GAATES, World Enabled, the United Arab Emirates, World Bank, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), Next City, and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. The panel will discuss a wide range of issues, including social inclusion, social justice, equality, the conservation of cultural heritage, the construction of enabling environments for children, the provision of housing for refugees and displaced persons, and the improvement of civic participation. The panel is scheduled for 5:00-6:00 PM MST in Room 408.

World Enabled and G3ict will host a training event on Monday, February 12th, at 11:00 AM MST in Room 404. The event, titled “Smart Cities 2030 – How to Build Smart Cities for All”, will be a hands-on training session to help participants deploy the innovative Smart Cities For All (SC4A) Toolkit and specifically the SC4A Maturity Model for Digital Inclusion. The session also features practical examples of best-practices and leading Smart City Solutions that promote Digital Inclusion.

The three remaining events will be hosted at the WUF9 World Stage, a venue sponsored by the urban planning publication and non-profit organization Next City:

  • Older Persons PCG and PwD-PCG Networking Event at 5:00 PM MST on Wednesday, February 7th.
  • Smart Cities 2030: Smart Cities for All Toolkit at 1:00 PM MST on Thursday, February 8th.
  • Universal Design Principles Applications in Urban Development at 1:00 PM MST on Tuesday, February 13th.


The DIAUD Network’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday February 14th, 2018 at 8:00 AM EDT (2:00 PM CEST | 9:00 PM HKT). The collaboration between the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) , the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), and World Enabled makes the DIAUD Network possible.  These network meetings are hosted and recorded on a virtual platform by IDPP and the recordings are available to registered DIAUD Network members.  In order to receive updates and further your participation with the Network, join the mailing list here.

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