DIAUD Global Network

Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network

The Global Network on Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) Network is a unique multi-stakeholder network that works to ensure that the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals incorporate the perspectives of persons with disabilities especially key themes included in the CRPD. The DIAUD network aims to build and enhance networking among persons with disabilities and disability rights advocates, older persons and other key stakeholders like youth, women, migrants and indigenous communities, plus policymakers and government officials; urban development professionals; academia; foundations; the private sector; and development cooperation partners.

This network was established in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs / Division of Social Policy and Development / Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Over the past three years, the DIAUD Network has enabled concerted disability-inclusive efforts to shape the future of cities through its multi-stakeholder partners working on both universal design and urban development issues.

Network Events

We are actively engaged in shaping a global dialogue on inclusive and accessible cities. We are committed to ensuring that the voices of persons with disabilities nad older persons are heard.

In 2019 we are engaged with organizing and shaping new dialogues:

  • Forum 1st UN Habitat General Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 12th UN Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York
  • Smart City Expo LATAM Congress, Puebla Mexico
  • UN High Level Political Forum 2019, New York
  • World Economic Forum Global Council on Future Cities, Dubai, UAE
  • UCLG World Summit of Mayors, Durban, South Africa
  • World Smart City Expo and Congress, Barcelona, Spain

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