“Kuwait Universal Design Code” workshop
Kuwait: United Nations House, 3 December 2017
Within the framework of "Achieving Kuwait Vision 2035 for Persons with Disabilities" project in collaboration among UNDP, GSSCPD & PADA, a workshop was held to launch and discuss the final version of “Kuwait Universal Design Code” under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs And the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mrs. Hind Al-Sabeih.
The new launched code aims to transform the built environment into a qualified and supportive environment for persons with disabilities and enhance opportunities for integration in various life and community activities to ensure that no one is left behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accessibility and Universal Design are a prerequisite to achieve nearly all 17 SDGs and specifically in parts related to education (goal 4), growth and employment (goal 8), inequality (goal 10) and accessibility of human settlements (goal 11).
Moreover, The workshop was attended by a number of stakeholders and activists in the field of disability and the built environment such as the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, the Kuwait Municipality, the General Directorate of Fire Department, the Public Authority for Housing Welfare, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, the Ministry of Works, the Ministry of Health, In addition to selected engineering offices and civil society organizations active in the field of disability.