Cities can provide adequate housing, basic services, green and safe public spaces, and public transportation, accessible for all. As such, it implies enhancing people's opportunities, abilities, dignity, access to resources and voice in decision-making. It targets not only the urban poor, but also the most affected minorities. This roundtable will look at existing tools and methodologies to promote social inclusion in urban areas.Moderator: Naomi Hoogervorst, Lead, Planning, Finance and Economy Section, UN-Habitat Participants: Hon. Mr. Yucel Yilmaz, Mayor of Balikesir, Republic of Türkiye Mr. Paulius Kulikauskas, Chief of Office for the European Union, UN-Habitat Mr. Samed Agirbas, Youth Representative Dr. Catalina Ortiz, Associate Professor, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL (virtual) Ms. Dipti Mahapatro, General Manager at Capital Regional Urban Transport, Bhubaneswar, India Ms. Norliza binti Hashim, CEO, Urbanice Malaysia
Roundtable discussion: Guiding Social Inclusion in Cities
Inclusive city development needs an enabling environment: strong political will, transparent legal frameworks, responsive urban plans and designs and effective financial plans. Social inclusion is about promoting equality and improving participation, particularly for people who are disadvantaged.