With the aim of creating a practical and enabling guide for migrant inclusion, the UNESCO/UN-HABITAT project contributes to the creation of
Inclusive Cities for All
as a follow-up to the CopenhagenWorld Summit for Social Development of 1995 and the UNDESA/UNESCO/UN-HABITAT Expert GroupMeeting in 2007 Creating an Inclusive Society: Practical Strategies to Promote Social Integration.Primarily addressing mayors, municipalities, city professionals and international NGOs which grouptogether networks and associations of cities and city dwellers, this initiative aims to strengthen theresearch-policy-practice nexus through the development of an informative toolkit (including a brochure,guide, website and experts publication) which will contribute to the development of more integrativecities and improve the quality of migrants lives in these cities.UNESCO and UN-HABITAT took account of this global initiative to situate this work within thecontext of the challenges faced by municipalities and local authorities as the destinations and hosts of waves of global migration. In the framework of the Urban Policies and the Right to the City: Rights,Responsibilities and Citizenship, research project, the first version of the Historic Districts for All: ASocial and Human Approach for Sustainable Revitalization toolkit was launched during the World UrbanForum IV, held in Nangjing (China) in November 2008. In this project, UNESCO and UN-HABITAT expertsidentified indicators and main parameters to improve social sustainability in historical districts facingurban revitalization projects. The toolkit was created in close cooperation with UNESCO ChairsLandscape and Environmental Design at the University of Montréal, (Canada) Sustainable UrbanDevelopment for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and SocialSustainability of Historical Districts at the University of Seoul (South Korea), and partners such asUNESCOCAT, UNESCO New Delhi, UNESCOs World Heritage Centre, Canadian National Commission forUNESCO, IAEC, AIMF, CLGF, UCLG, URBACT, Metropolis, the cities of Barcelona, Montréal and PortoAlegre. Following the success of earlier projects, the Inclusive Cities for All project was developed byUNESCO and UN-HABITAT and their partners to garner similar institutional and municipal level supportfor this project in the context of the Rights to the City research initiative and the belief that migrantinclusion is a cross-cutting issue that impacts most cities around the world as they work toaccommodate both international and internal migrants settling in their cities.In the second half of 2011 UNESCO took over from the OHCHR as the chair of the GMG (GlobalMigration Group) which brings together the heads of the following agencies: (ILO, IOM, OHCHR,UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNITAR, UNODC, UN Regional Commissions including ECA,ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA), World Bank, WHO, UNIFEM. The aim of this group is to coordinate work onmigration issues on the UN level and to reinforce collaboration within the UN system. The chair rotatesevery six months and UNESCOs role as an organization with a transversal view of migration issues thatemphasizes the research-policy nexus will provide the GMG with a multidisciplinary orientation duringits six-month long chairmanship. Indeed, this would be a chance for further diffusion and testing of thisbrochure through other UN-System, civil society and bi-lateral partners.