Coming up: An amazing opportunity for inclusion

Monday, February 4, 2013

people saying yes to inclusion

Disability and Development is the topic of an important meeting at the UN in New York in September 2013:

On the 23rd September 2013, a High Level Meeting on Disability and Development will take place at the United Nations General Assembly. Heads of states and their representatives will come together and discuss how development can be made inclusive of persons with disabilities. This is a one-time opportunity to put the inclusion of persons with disabilities onto the agenda of world leaders in shaping the future of development and the Millennium Development Goals!

We want to trigger and showcase a worldwide support for the issue and convince decision-makers that the inclusion of persons with disabilities is crucial to a successful and sustainable fight against poverty.

Why is that important?

1 billion people worldwide are living with a disability. 80% live in developing countries. Persons with disabilities are often discriminated against, and denied access to education, employment opportunities and healthcare. Since 2007, more than 100 states have ratified a Convention that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, and states that development programmes should actively include persons with disabilities. But although they are often the most vulnerable members of society, persons with disabilities continue to be excluded from programmes designed to end poverty. It’s time to change this!

Will you say YES to Inclusion too and show the world community how important it is to include persons with disabilities in the fight against poverty?