30.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Towards a City for All – Promoting Disability Rights through the Indonesian Network of Mayors for Inclusive Cities

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The officials from Indonesian city governments came together in Jakarta on 31 September 2017 to consider and discuss the Tool for Assessment of Disability Inclusion in Cities, developed by UNESCO in close consultation with the persons with disabilities and partners in the civil society and the government. The Tool is based on global and national human rights laws and instruments, and is designed to build the capacity of the Indonesian government and civil society to fulfill commitments towards inclusive social development.

The Tool for Assessment of Disability Inclusion in Cities was developed in the framework of a project on “Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Indonesia”, currently implementing by UNESCO in partnership with ILO and WHO. The project supports the Indonesian government in the fulfillment of the rights of people with disabilities through promoting the enactment and the implementation of inclusive policies at national and local levels.

The tool is a human rights-based instrument to evaluate the compliance of municipal policy frameworks with the internationally recognized standards of disability inclusion. It will become available through the websites of UNESCO and its partners, and will be integrated into the Inclusive Policy Lab – the flagship collaborative platform developed by the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme of UNESCO.
The Network of Mayors for Inclusive Cities was established as a partnership of municipalities committed to the full realization of the rights of persons with disabilities in Indonesia. Current member of the network include Padang, Ambon, Banda Aceh, Banjarmasin, Denpasar, Metro, Mojokerto, and Ambon. UNESCO is working closely with the National Association of City Governments (APEKSI), which has close to 100 members, to raise awareness about the Network among other cities in Indonesia, and to recruit new members.

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