- August 29, 2023

The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities (SGPwD) and the International Disability Alliance, (IDA) in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN, UNICEF, UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC); and supported by the Women’s Major Group and Major Group on Children and Youth is organizing a side-event on September 16, 2023, at the UN Headquarters in New York. Ahead of the SDG Summit on September 18 and 19, the weekend prior to this will be celebrated as the SDG Action Weekend with the ‘SDG Mobilization Day’ on September 16 and the ‘SDG Acceleration Day’ on September 17.

The side event will host a range of speakers from member States, governments, UN agencies, organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), and NGOs. It will draw attention to the urgency to not once again miss the chance to meaningfully include persons with disabilities, including from the lens of multiple intersecting forms of discrimination. It will also highlight the critical need to ensure that persons with disabilities and their representative organizations (OPDs) participate meaningfully in all events and mechanisms as we approach 2030 and plan for beyond, including at the SDGs Summit itself.


The event will follow a Davos-style conversation and will address the following themes:

- Overview of how the SDGs delivered or fell short for persons with disabilities

- Lessons learned from the advocacy leading up to the Summit so far, including during the drafting of the Political Declaration

- Key priorities emerging from the disability movement for now and beyond 2030

- Strengthened inclusion of persons with disabilities in the acceleration of the SDGs, Our Common Agenda, and beyond

A Call to Action will be launched at this side-event by IDA, IDDC, and the SGPwD with key demands from the disability movement worldwide.

For more information on the side event, please contact Dorodi Sharma at dsharma [at]

Click here to read the concept note of the side event.

Click here to read the speaker profiles.

Click here for more information on the SDG Summit.

Click here to read the submission of the SGPwD during the negotiations of the Political Declaration.

Additional resources:

Transforming Education Summit Call to Action on Disability Inclusive Education

Sightsavers Equal World Campaign



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