“Another City is Possible!” – Urban Social Forum 2016 and UNESCO Panel on Disability and Inclusive Cities
Under the motto “Another City is Possible!” Urban Social Forum 2016 explores new and alternative models of urban development that promote social justice, equity, sustainability and citizen participation.
On 3rd of December – the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a UNESCO Panel on Disability and Inclusive Cities engaged the audience to tackle questions about social inclusion:
- How can Sustainable Development Goals be linked to social inclusion at the city level?
- What is the role of data and evidence for effective and inclusive public policies?
- How can we address the existing gaps in data and evidence?
The representatives of civil society organizations, community members, students and academics from all over Indonesia engaged in lively exchanges to learn, share knowledge and inspire transformative change for urban communities across Indonesia.
Now in its fourth year, the Urban Social Forum is an annual event organized by an Indonesian NGO Kota Kita: a city for all, to give Indonesian civil society an opportunity to connect with others in their field, raise awareness about pressing urban issues and give grassroots initiatives the opportunity to promote their causes to a national audience. This year’s event has strong representation of a young generation of social activists, the disabled community, women, the urban poor, the sexual minority, and civil society organizations from cities beyond Java.
In January 2017, UNESCO and Kota Kita will launch a collaborative initiative on Participatory Data for a Disability-Inclusive City. The project uses an innovative data-collection methodology focusing on disability in urban setting, which will enable neighbourhood-level mapping of disability and support the development of advocacy tools to strengthen the voices of persons with disabilities in local policy-making. The approach will be piloted in the city of Solo, Indonesia, with a view to developing a scalable model that can be adopted by other cities in the country and around the world, using such mechanisms as the Network of Mayor of Inclusive Cities and UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab.
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