Why a Global Compact?

Stemming from the engagement with local government representatives and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration at the World Urban Forum 9 the DIAUD Network, with the leadership of the DIAUD Network, saw the strategic need for a coordinated and inclusive mechanism to transform cities and territories. The objective and mandate of this transformation is to achieve greater social equity and improve the quality of life with and for all persons, through implementation of Universal Design concepts in cities.

The Compact aligns key commitments to Accessibility, Universal Design and Inclusion within the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the WHO’s Age Friendly Cities Initiative- recognizing the 1 billion persons with disabilities and the increasing global population 60 or older that experience numerous barriers to their equitable participation in society. Half of all persons with disabilities and older persons around the world now live in towns and cities, and these groups are estimated to represent over 2 billion persons in cities worldwide by 2050.