COP28 Side Event: Inclusive Infrastructure, Disability & Climate Change: leave no one behind.


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At COP28, we brought together stakeholders working across inclusive infrastructure, disability-inclusive urban development, and climate change action to discuss partnerships and practical actions to ensure persons with disabilities are not left behind.

For disadvantaged groups, the accessibility of the built environment, infrastructure, and cities is vital to ensuring full participation in daily life. Evidence shows that persons with disabilities are worse impacted by the effects of the climate crisis but remain excluded from urban development processes and climate action.

As cities integrate climate adaptation and mitigation infrastructure, accessibility and inclusion must be embedded. There is no resilient and sustainable future without inclusion.

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Organizations around the world are already working to bridge this gap, and this event will share what’s being done and what’s next, outlining priority actions for disability-inclusive climate infrastructure and looking at how and why people do not have equitable experiences of the world around them.

We considered the tools and resources that drive inclusion and accessibility in infrastructure, cities, and the built environment in the context of a low-carbon and resilient future, setting out priority actions for disability-inclusive climate change infrastructure.


GDI Hub: Mikaela Patrick (Head of Inclusive Infrastructure and Climate)
World Blind Union: Marc Workman (CEO) and Hannes Juhlin Lagrulius (Program Officer)
C40 Cities: Luisa Miranda Morel (Senior Manager for Inclusive Climate Action)
UNOPS: Seema Gaikwad (Gender Mainstreaming and Social Inclusion Specialist)
Mima: Fatma Aljassim (Accessibility Consultant for COP28)
Moderator: GDI Hub, Shivani Gupta (Senior Inclusive Design Manager)


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