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Claudio Torres Slum Upgrading Consultant, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch. UN-Habitat
Pireh Otieno Human Settlements Officer, Urban Basic Services Branch - UN-Habitat
Kulwant Singh Regional Advisor - UN-Habitat
Marcus Mayr Urban Planner, Climate Change Planning Unit, UN-Habitat
Edmundo Werna Head of Unit at Sectoral Policies Dept. ILO
PART 1: MAIN TOPIC: A. The Transformative Commitments for Sustainable Urban Development
“We further recognize that provision must be sensitive to the rights and needs of women, children and youth, older persons and persons with disabilities, and other people in vulnerable situations such as refugees, migrants, and displaced persons, removing all legal, institutional, physical, and socio-economic barriers that prevent them from participating equally in urban life and the opportunities it offers.”
The language in the document should be inclusive of all citizens. When reading the language above, language that is replicated more than a few times in the document, one assumes that civil protections are afforded to only the most vulnerable. The wording in the document does not include families or men, leaving a segment of the population unprotected by the language used in the document. If the language does not change to include something closer to “all-citizens, including the most vulnerable” the unintended consequence is a reversal of the most vulnerable populations instead of protection and equality for all, an important ideal.