Disability and Development Report 2018

Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with Persons with Disabilities

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Disability-inclusive development is an essential condition for a sustainable future. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging to leave no one behind in the global efforts to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Without the world’s one billion persons with disabilities - 15% of the world population - being included as both agents and beneficiaries of development, these Goals will never be achieved. Yet, persons with disabilities are still invisible and often left behind. This United Nations flagship report is the first publication to address, at the global level, the nexus between disability and the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also the first global analysis based on an unprecedented amount of data, legislation and policies from over 100 countries to understand the socio-economic circumstances of persons with disabilities and the challenges and barriers they face in their daily lives. This report examines new areas, like the role of access to energy to enable persons with disabilities to use assistive technology, for which no global research was previously available. And explores the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as other international relevant norms and standards relating to disability. Against the backdrop of all the available evidence, the report identifies good practices and recommends urgent actions to be taken for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with persons with disabilities. The e-book for this publication has been converted into an accessible format for the visually impaired and people with print reading disabilities. It is fully compatible with leading screen-reader technologies such as JAWS and NVDA.




Despite the progress made in recent years, persons with disabilities over the world continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. In order to help address this challenge, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in coordination with all relevant United Nations entities, “to compile and analyse national policies, programmes, best practices and available statistics regarding persons with disabilities, reflecting progress made in addressing the relevant internationally agreed development goals and the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to be submitted to the General Assembly in a flagship report during 2018”. The UN flagship report, Disability and Development Report — Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities, 2018, comes at a critical time. It is a first stocktaking of where we stand on key aspects of mainstreaming disability globally in light of the 2030 Agenda. This stocktaking is crucial to identify what is needed to monitor progress made for persons with disabilities in society and development and to provide wide-ranging recommendations for transformative change. Ultimately, the report builds on the 2030 Agenda, together with the CRPD, to offer a road map towards a more inclusive and sustainable world.


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