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For a World of Inclusive Cities

For a World of Inclusive Cities is a policy paper on social inclusion policies at the local level promoted by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participative Democracy and Human Rights. It was presented and approved by Istanbul's UCLG World Council (2008), presenting the main policy guidelines that cities are recommended to follow when designing and developing public policies for social inclusion. Along the same lines, it has aimed to influence UCLG position on this matter ever since, nourishing its discourse and proposals toward other international organizations.

"Local governments are fundamental players in a globalized world in which much of the population is concentrated in cities and their metropolitan areas. This is a world of new and diverse challenges and opportunities. However, the current situation of globalization accentuates inequalities; in fact, poverty and social inequality have increased on every continent since the last third of the twentieth century, causing social exclusion for many people"

"From local political action it is possible to generate cohesive and democratic societies that ensure human rights. To make this happen, it is necessary to address social exclusion from the perspective of its causes. For this, policies for social inclusion must be at the centre of the political agenda of local governments in this century, along with the human, infrastructure and financial resources required for their development"

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"Social exclusion manifests itself everywhere; in the rundown historic centres and peripheries of big cities, particularly in urban extensions and the proliferation of shanty towns and favelas; in the irregular conditions of many immigrants; in the unequal and discriminatory treatment towards women, people with different sexual orientations or minority ethno-cultural groups; in the absence of equal opportunity policies for the large number of young people at risk; in the insufficient care and assistance for children and the elderly; in the inadequate public spaces and services for disabled people; and in the absence of access to public transport, especially for those people in disadvantaged social or economic situations"

"As a result, from a design and management criteria standpoint, inclusion policies must ensure universal access to basic services and safeguard citizens’ rights; they must also be directed towards a transformation in the social reality according to the values dictated by equality, solidarity, and respect for differences"

See also: Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy: From the conceptual discussion to local action