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on Mon, March 4, 2013 at 07.57 pm
Disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 & beyond

Online consultations for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond

In many countries, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has not been achieved for persons with disabilities. This clearly highlights the importance of ensuring that development processes are inclusive of persons with disabilities and their perspectives for the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs and in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs, after 2015. 

On 23 September 2013, the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.   

To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disability, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to contribute to the ongoing work for the High-level Meeting.

Building on the earlier online discussion on “Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda”, held on this site in November (read the summary report here: this consultation aims to take a closer look at the particular challenges faced by persons with disabilities in different regions, and identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society and development.

In this context, we would like to invite you take part in this online consultation, starting on 8 March and running for three weeks until 28 March.

To participate, please log-in or register here ( Simultaneous consultations are taking place in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, please email your response to:  Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore your post will not appear immediately but will be posted within twenty-four hours.

The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the preparation of the outcome document for the UN High-level Meeting on 23 September 2013.

The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from Governments, UN system organizations, academia, media, private sector and civil society organizations, including persons with disabilities and their organizations (DPOs).

Please invite your colleagues, partners and networks to participate!

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Enter the English discussion forum 
Introduzca el foro de discusión español 
Entrer dans le forum de discussion en français 
Введите русский дискуссионный форум 
Digite o fórum de discussão Português

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Fischer Chiyanike from
Tue, March 26, 2013 at 05.26 pm
The stigma and discrimination attached to disability stems from the way society views disability: People with disabilities are still being viewed from a medical and welfare framework, identifying people with disabilities as ill, different from their non-disabled peers, and in need of care. As a result of the emphasis on the medical need, there is neglect of the wider political, social and economic needs of people with disabilities and their families. Therefore, people with disabilities face discrimination in accessing information, employment, health and education. Recognition of disability rights in these areas would lead to improved inclusion in society as well as equal and stronger participation in all facets of life by people with disabilities.
The fight for the promotion and protection of the rights of people with disabilities entails changing peoples attitudes so that they move away from the welfare and medical model of thought which views disability as a personal tragedy which limits the capacity of the disabled person to participate in the mainstream of society and that it is the responsibility of the people with disabilities themselves to try to fit in with the world as they find it – a world built by non-disabled people to meet the needs of non-disabled people. Rather, it is necessary to understand that societies are organised to meet the needs of the non-disabled majority rather than the minority of people with disabilities and it is necessary for every right thinking member of society to take proactive measures to ensure the inclusion of this marginalized sector of the population in educational and other systems.
This human rights-based approach to the issue of human rights is the principle underpinning the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for people with disabilities, a ground-breaking treaty that targets the creation of opportunities through which people with disabilities are empowered to ensure their active participation in political, economic, social and cultural life, and which world has ratified.
Balogun Israel from
Fri, March 22, 2013 at 07.32 am
For Many Countries in the developing world, I believe that attaching a 10-15% inclusive policy at all levels will go a long way in making persons with disabilities (PWDs) being integrated into mainstream development programs. Most of the leaders do not keep to agreement and obey protocols that their countries signed. Making certain percentage available to PWDs will go a long way in helping us.
Robert M. Hensel from
Fri, March 22, 2013 at 12.56 am
No disability or dictionary out there, is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person. It's only when we step out of that labeled box, that our abilities begin to be fully recognized, giving us a better definition of who we truly are as individuals. ~ Robert M. Hensel ~
Gabrielle Seekely from
Fri, March 22, 2013 at 05.54 pm
I believe there needs to be a shift in the conversation. All too often the diagnostic labels are used as descriptive adjectives or character traits within our daily vernacular. All too often managers, educators, and often parents, will define someone by their diagnosis. Disabilities ashould be treated with the same respect as any other medical diagnosis.

Gabrielle Seekely
Peter Mittler from
Sun, March 17, 2013 at 01.07 pm
The explicit commitment to ensure that people with disabilities are fully included in the post- 2015 MDGs makes it essential to collect data which enable governments to be held accountable not just to the UN monitoring bodies but to their own populations who are increasingly being empowered to mobilise public opinion through the internet – eg .

We have known for a long time that fewer than 5 per cent of girls and boys with disabilities are in primary schools in middle and low income countries and that UNESCO has estimated that they now account for one third of the 61 million children still not attending school. But we also know from pilot projects in some of these countries that inclusive education is possible when there is political will, local leadership and planned support for teachers, parents and pupils.

The EFA GMR draft document on the post 2015 MDGs includes a useful template for the collection of comprehensive data on the education of girls. We now need data which are disaggregated for disability, as well as gender, ethnicity, location and poverty, so that the interaction between them can become clear, as it has for gender. Some countries have provided estimates of the number of children who are ‘not expected ever to attend school’ but how many of these are children with disabilities whose rights to education are now upheld in international law?

Basic data on disabled children and youth now need to be included in the national household surveys being recommended by the UN and also being developed by UNICEF and the OECD. Each country needs to provide disaggregated data on numbers and percentages of disabled children who are in or out of school. These can form a baseline for the setting of year on year targets for their inclusion between 2015 and 2030. We also need data on measurable outcomes relevant to children with disabilities, including educational and other achievements to mid-secondary level and beyond, as well as drop- out rates and grade repetition.

Beyond this, there needs to be evidence of plans to provide access to school buildings and curriculum and a national programme to train and support teachers and health and community professionals across the board to meet the wider needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Much of this is required by the reporting mechanisms of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( but these could now be harmonised with the emerging MDG indicators to provide a powerful advocacy tool to the people most affected, as well as to the civil society to which they belong and from which they have been excluded until now.
SEIFU YERDAW AYANE Delivering different training's and research works from Ethiopia
Sat, March 16, 2013 at 05.59 am
People should be aware that disability is not mean Inability or incapability for doing things that others can do. This idea mainly has to be supported by the government and awareness raising about disability issues has to get attention. For any country or economy, to meeting the MDG, the economic, social, political, .. contributions of people with disability is a must. Example in Ethiopia, the number of people with disability is assumed to be about 10% of the total population, and if the contribution of these people is marginalized, the MDG can not be attained by any means.
Better Education For All (Befa from Pakistan
Fri, March 15, 2013 at 04.22 pm
Better Education For All Befa foundation , Pakistan working for upe education for achieve UN MDGs programme.
SEIFU YERDAW AYANE Delivering different training's and research works from Ethiopia
Sat, March 16, 2013 at 05.37 am
Yes we all have to understand the contribution of people with disability and give them equal chances not only for education but also for work; however the situation here is some what difficult and as a result many us could not contribute to our countries development due to different problems. Please extend your help for people with disability to participate and contribute for their countries development and meet the MDG.
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