Persons with Disabilities Roundtable

Hall 4, Room A

Governments are increasingly unable to plan for the rapid growth in urban populations due to inadequate capacity to provide adequate access to basic services for all, particularly the vulnerable such as persons living with disabilities.

These limitations are worsened by the restricted role of city authorities in enacting the effective inclusion of persons with disabilities.

As the housing market in cities comes under increasing pressure more vulnerable residents struggle for decent, secure, adequate and affordable housing. 

Persons with disabilities are victims of major disparities in wages, employment, education, skills training, health, and criminal convictions.

This makes them susceptible to poor integration into urban societies.

Stakeholders must advocate for better integration of cities and local authorities in enacting and implementing national policies that cater to the needs of vulnerable people.

The New Urban Agenda is committed to addressing all forms of discrimination and achieving sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity by creating opportunities for all. 

Cities are committed to ensuring access to rights for all and turning diversity into social capital to be harnessed for economic development.


This session will address access to housing and basic services in cities for persons with disabilities by:

Identifying requirements for successful integration of persons with disabilities into cities.

Exploring innovative solutions and best practices for inclusive cities

Promoting a more responsive narrative about persons with disabilities and their right to the full enjoyment of housing, basic services, and other services in cities.

Incorporating innovative and dynamic voices including the private sector, start-ups and venture investors in the dialogue on housing and service provision for persons with disabilities.

Guiding Questions
  1. What are the key factors in the successful inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities in cities?
  2. What are the obstacles impeding the adoption of proper inclusion processes by cities?
  3. What should be the role of local governments and institutions in the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities?
  4. What impact does inadequate access to housing have on persons with disabilities and their interactions with society?
  5. How can the private sector make the most of technology to bring provide adequate housing and basic services to persons with disabilities?

Session Speakers