The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which ranged from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – formed a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. However, approximately 426 million people with disabilities in developing countries live below the poverty line. Lack of access and inclusion for persons with disabilities in policies and programmes aimed at achieving the MDGs means that the achievement of the MDGs is impossible.

IDA and IDDC Post-MDG Position Paper and Listserv

The International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and IDA drafted a position paper on the post-MDG framework: "Make the post-MDG framework inclusive of persons with disabilities" which included a number of recommendations to be taken into account in order to create a more equitable and inclusive post-MDG agenda.

IDA and IDDC have also created a yahoo group, named IDA/IDDC: Post-MDGs and Persons with Disabilities, with the purpose to keep all of you informed about our activities in this regards and as a space in which to share information related to post-MDG framework and persons with disabilities.

2010 Summit on the Millennium Development Goals

To ensure the end to the invisibility and exclusion of persons with disabilities in the MDG proccess, IDA worked to include references to persons with disabilities in the outcome document of the MDG summit, which took place in New York, September 20 and 22, 2010.