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UN report on mainstreaming disabilities in the development agenda

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The UN Secretary General has released a report on disability in the post-2015 development agenda, entitled ‘The Way Forward: A disability-inclusive agenda towards 2015 and beyond’. It recommends that disability should be mainstreamed as a development issue, with accessibility included as a central theme of the agenda.

The report was released in advance of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on the realisation of the MDGs and Other Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities (HLMDD). It compares current efforts to address disability with earlier approaches to gender, which sought to treat women as beneficiaries while eventually mainstreaming the issue in development.

The report recommends, amongst others: promoting an understanding of disability as a key element of inclusive and sustainable development; having regular UN global reports on disability and development; and monitoring disability indicators in relation to potential post-2015 goals and targets. Download the report here.

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