- September 3, 2017

On 23 August 2017, the International Disability Alliance, represented by Executive Director Vladimir Cuk, met with the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Ms. Amina Mohammed, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

During the meeting, IDA reiterated their commitment to working with the Office of the DSG in order to coordinate the mainstreaming of the rights of persons with disabilities across the UN system. The Executive Director communicated the readiness of the alliance to work with the United Nations to support the inclusion of organizations of persons with disabilities in implementation of Agenda 2030, and in participating in task-forces and working groups in order to make this a reality. There was discussions on working collaboratively in order to concretely implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the UN CRPD. 

IDA also communicated the need to count persons with disabilities across the world through the use of tested methodologies to disaggregate data by disability. Stressing the need to ensure international comparability and comparability over time for the purposes of SDG data disaggregation, IDA advocated for the use of the Washington Group short set of questions.

IDA remains committed to maintaining collaborations with the Office of the DSG and in exploring further consultations.