January 25, 2018

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) entitled "Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Interlinkages and Common Themes at the HLPF 2018" was organized by UN-DESA in New York on 25-26 January. The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities was represented by Jose Maria Viera, World Blind Union.

  • The following key messages were delivered on behalf of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities:

    • Urgent call to UN member states and UN system to collect data desegregated by disability using as a baseline the Washington Group short set of questions;
    • Urgent call to raise awareness of producers working on SDGs to make their models accessible. For instance, distinguished researchers and scholars presented different models to measure SDGs implementation however those were not accessible. Or, for example, the data collected was not fully accessible to persons with disabilities.
    • The need to include disability as a crosscutting issue. There was almost no reference to persons with disabilities during the different sessions of the meeting.
    • Special call to include persons with disabilities in DRR and humanitarian emergences programs.
    •  The need to incorporate a human rights perspective in the SDGs framework. The interlinkages between SDGs and UNCRPD.
    •  The need to promote Civil society consultation when implementing the SDGs.
    •  The need to connect the global and the national level when implementing and monitoring the SDGs.
    • The need to consider cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and resilient. Cities and human settlements must be seen as environments / systems were other rights such as health, education, cultural life, sport etc. can be enjoyed by all.

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