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Disability Inclusive Post 2015 Development Agenda

DISABILITY INCLUSIVE POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
 
Eminent Persons from Around the World Call for a New Global Partnership to Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development inclusive of persons with disabilities in general and Blind/Partially sighted in particular.
 
The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released the report on May 30, 2013 “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person including persons with disabilities in the world.
 
The Panel was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
Disabled people’s rights movement and DPOs worldwide, led by International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), their respective members have contributed to the content of the Report by participating in numerous national, regional and global consultations that led to this document. It should be noted that WBU is one of the key, active and founding members of IDA.
 
The World Blind Union took the lead directly and through its members in informing the report with the perspectives of Blind/Partially sighted persons through active participation and involvement in offline, online and physical consultation processes in the different parts of the world. Our members from Liberia, Indonesia, Brazil and other countries have made significant contributions to the content of the report. This opens up new possibilities for the future post-2015 processes which is a great success.
 
The number of references to persons with disabilities is large. And they are substantive. Particularly with the new transformative shift - leave no one behind. One of the principles throughout the document is disability disaggregated data. The Report calls for indicators that are disaggregated to ensure no one is left behind and targets should only be considered ‘achieved’ if they are met for all relevant income and social groups. Disability is also represented in the goals 1 (poverty) and 3 (providing quality education and lifelong learning). While many vulnerable groups are mentioned, persons with disabilities are always highlighted.
 
The HLP report emphasises on including persons with disabilities as one of the key stakeholders of strategic relevance along with other excluded groups and institutions in all the actions and processes of post MDG.
The report makes the no secret of the fact that
the on-going demand of persons with disabilities to an end to discrimination and poverty and access to adequate standards of living. The focus should be not just on reducing the poverty but ending extreme poverty by 2030. It recognises that disability is part of inequalities as one of the cross cutting issues and advocates for the effective and meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities in all the development actions and processes. 
 
We have to continue and build on this success. The next international development agenda must ensure that in the future neither income nor gender, nor ethnicity, nor disability, nor geography, will determine whether people live or die, whether a mother can give birth safely, or whether her child has a fair chance in life."
All these groups asked that when the post-2015 agenda is put into place, it includes a plan for measuring progress that compares how people with different income levels, gender, disability and age, and those living in different localities, are faring – and that this information be easily available to all.

 
The HLP report acknowledges the role of civil society agencies, particularly the representative organisations of persons with disabilities in raising the voice and concerns of persons with disabilities in general and persons with visual disabilities in particular.
 
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