25.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Fourth High Level Meeting of Mayors for Inclusive Cities

20 February 2014 – The Municipality of Denpasar and UNESCO organized the Fourth High Level Meeting of the Mayors for Inclusive Cities. Attended by 250 participants from 37 municipalities around Indonesia, the Mayors’ Meeting provides to local leaders, regional authorities and others an opportunity to share good practises on social inclusion of people with disability in the field of education, employment, sport, and participation in social and political life. The Mayors’ Meeting also triggers collaboration between municipalities in the form of technical assistance and capacity building of civil servants.

During the meeting, UNESCO and the Municipality of Denpasar signed a partnership agreement for collaboration on raising awareness on people with disabilities, capacity building for civil servants and provision of expertise for the development of policies related to social inclusion. Following the meeting, the Mayor of Denpasar and Director and Representative of UNESCO, Dr. Hubert Gijzen opened the first Autism Learning Centre in Denpasar.

The panel discussion with 19 Mayors, Vice Mayors and Regents, sparked a lively discussion on how each Municipality accommodates the inclusion of people with disability. Representative from the Municipality of Padang presented its new regulation to promote employment of 2% of civil servants with disability. The Vice Mayor of Banjarmasin, HM. Irwan Anshari presented the experience of Municipality of Banjarmasin in developing the first 5 years Action Plan for Inclusive Cities. The Mayor of Denpasar, Bapak Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Matra also presented the achievement of municipality of Denpasar in providing assistance to people with disability in the field of economy and culture. As a result of the meeting, the Municipality of Metro will collaborate with Municipality of Denpasar to strengthen the capacity of its teachers for inclusive education.

The Mayors urged UNESCO to formalise the network of the Mayors and build a monitoring and evaluation system for the implementation of programmes related to disability. Moreover, the Mayors suggested that UNESCO publishes good practices in Indonesia so that it can be used as a reference for programmes replication.

Dr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office-Jakarta announced in his opening speech that UNESCO and Municipality of Denpasar will work together in building the capacity of civil servants on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). He also praised the success of Banjamarsin in developing its action plan and urged the other Mayors to develop local action plans for the implementation of UNCRPD.

The High Level meeting is part of UNESCO’s efforts to support the establishment a “Network of Inclusive Cities”: a coalition of municipalities from across Indonesia who are committed to creating more accessible environments that enable the full participation of persons with disabilities. The First High Level Meeting  was held in Jogjakarta from 1st April 2013 to 2nd April 2013. It provided the opportunity for officials to learn in situ about the positive experience of Jogjakarta regarding the drafting of local and regional regulations in line with the UNCRPD.

The Second High Level Meting (Banda Aceh 1-2 July 2013) recognized the importance of inclusive legislation and acknowledged the need to provide funds to implement legislative measures and strengthen the role of municipalities and regions in budgeting for disability.

The Third High Level Meeting (Banjarmasin 20-21 September 2013), with participation of 35 municipalities concluded with formal commitment from various Mayors to increase budget for disability and improve general public perception of disability.

Please read speech of Dr. Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office Jakarta here

Media coverage:
RI Urged to Defend Rights of Disabled Persons
Denpasar Berkomitmen Menjadi Kota Inklusif
UNESCO dan Pemerintah Denpasar Gelar Pertemuan Tingkat Tinggi Walikota

For more information contact:
Mr Charaf Ahmimed
Social and Human Sciences
UNESCO Jakarta  
Email: c.ahmimed(at)unesco.org

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