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Sense International welcomes commitment to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the Sustainable Development Agenda

25 September 2015

Sense International, today (25 September) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which has officially been adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

The UN launched its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Summit which is currently being held until September 27 at the UN headquarters in New York. Adopted by over 150 world leaders, the SDGs call for action from the international community to promote shared peace, prosperity and well-being for all people over the next 15 years.

Bailey Grey, Advocacy and Policy Manager at Sense International said:

“Sense International welcomes the adoption of the SDGs. We are particularly pleased to see that there are 11 explicit references to disability in its framework. This is a positive step forward as the Millennium Development Goals, which the SDGs replace, did little to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

“We know that more than 80% of people with disabilities live in poverty, among these, people with deafblindness experience considerable marginalisation. We are therefore pleased that the agenda has as its central theme the concept ‘Leave No One Behind’, aiming to end poverty, everywhere for everyone.

“We are also pleased to see a commitment to ensuringinclusive quality education for all, particularly as we know worldwide there are still 57 million primary-aged children out of school, and it is estimated that at least one third of children out of school have a disability.

“The agenda also commits to achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all. At Sense International we know that very few individuals with deafblindness get the chance to train in a vocation and secure work. We are therefore pleased that the UN has recognised the inherent dignity of these individuals.

“We welcome the commitment to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, and we are pleased that persons with disability are part of a global commitment for international development. However, in order to fulfil the agenda, effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms must be employed to reveal the best strategies for ensuring the goals are met. We therefore urge the UN to ensure that monitoring systems are put into place that include persons with disabilities, otherwise the SDGs will not be fulfilled.”

Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019