UNESCO, as one of the UN-system organizations, is committed to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (37 C/4) which sets out the strategic vision and programmatic framework for UNESCO’s action in education, science, culture, communication and information.

Targeted actions will be implemented in favour of socially marginalized groups including persons with disabilities with a special focus on girls and women, youth and other social groups such as indigenous peoples, speakers of lesser-used or languages in danger.

Within the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy 2021, the Organization will implement its commitments in the following manner:  

  1. Increasing UNESCO’s focus on disabilities and empowerment of persons with disabilities;
  2. Positioning UNESCO closer to the targeted communities including persons with disabilities, working in close cooperation with the UNESCO’s networks and UNESCO Field Offices, category 1 and 2 Institutes, centres and chairs established under the auspices of UNESCO;
  3. Strengthening UNESCO’s participation in the United Nations system processes related to disability issues such as the UN Interagency support group on the implementation of UNCRPD, UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) network, and other strategic frameworks and initiatives;
  4. Developing and strengthening UNESCO’s partnership with Member States, civil society organizations representing persons with disabilities, professional organizations, academia, and other public and private organizations working in the areas related to inclusion, accessibility, gender equality, capacity building, data collection and other human rights-based related aspects to empower persons with disabilities.

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