Cities for All Global Initiative and Campaign [UCLG Decalogue]


The Cities for All Global Initiative advances the implementation of the principles of universal design and accessibility in urban development through a multi year Global Campaign with many cities around the world. The initiative started in 2018, with the launch of the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities, when mayors and city leaders from New York, Chicago, São Paulo, Laayoune, Curitiba and Amman stated their commitment towards inclusive and accessible cities for persons with disabilities and older persons. The Global Compact is a declaration that aligns key commitments to accessibility, universal design and inclusion with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, and the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities Framework.

This global call for action to address equity and inclusion lies at the core of the Cities For All Campaign. UCLG, together with World Enabled and the Cities for All Network, has taken a leading role in promoting this campaign, working closely with UN-Habitat, the German National Development Agencies, the UN Special Envoy on Accessibility and the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability. Today, more than 20 cities are part of the campaign, including Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Puebla, Kisumu, Villa Carlos Paz, Dubai and Mersin, and many more. A key outcome of the coalition is the creation of the UCLG Community of Practice on Inclusive and Accessible Cities and Territories, which serves as a mechanism for implementation of the campaign.


Lead Sponsors:

World Enabled
German Federal Ministry For Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
German Corporation for International Cooperation
Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network (DIAUD)


UN Habitat
CBM International
World Economic Forum, Cities and Urban Development
Office of the United Nations Special Envoy on Accessibility & Disability
Office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability
General Assembly of Partners (GAP)
Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3Ict)
World Blind Union
Institute of Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)
Alianza Smart LATAM
Universal Design Commission

Institutional Partners:

Cities Alliance
Economic Commission for Latin American & Caribbean (ECLAC)
General Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities of Housing and Urbanism of Latin America and the Caribbean MINURVI
Disability and Development Cooperation (BEZEV)
Avina Foundation
ESSL Foundation
Foundation Iwakimi
Pineda Foundation

Academic Partners:

UC Berkeley
Columbia University
University of Pennsylvania
American University

Corporate Allies:

Fira Barcelona Mexico
Level Access
Windmills and Giants
Urban Emerge
Pink Tank
Roger Voice
Tallier 13
Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies

Civil Society Partners:

Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
OHANA Indonesia
Global Mobility USA
Rehab International
International Disability Alliance (IDA)
AXS Maps
Samarthyam India
Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and Parents of India


People with disabilities
Older people
The community as a whole
Local and regional governments


The Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities is a declaration that aligns key commitments to accessibility, universal design and inclusion within The Sustainable Development Goals, The New Urban Agenda, The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the WHO’s Age Friendly Cities Framework. It affirms the rights of 1 billion persons with disabilities and the increasing share of the global population aged 60 or older that experience barriers to their equitable participation in society. Half of all persons with disabilities and older persons around the world now live in towns and cities, and these groups are estimated to number over 2 billion persons in cities worldwide by 2050. This global call for action lies at the core of the #Cities4All campaign.

Additional information

Goal 1
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 3
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 8
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 16
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development