21 February 2018
2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance on
“Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Economic and Social Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters
The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters New York will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.
Girls with disabilities are less likely to complete primary school and more likely to be marginalized or denied access to education. Women with disabilities have a lower rate of employment than men with disabilities and women without disabilities. Read more
20 February 2018
The 56th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56) held a High-level Panel Discussion on “Towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable development: an evidence-based approach to the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Agenda 2030” under sub-item 3(b) during its 56th session. The following panelists discussed evidence-based approach to the disability-inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda: H.E Ms. Zhang Haidi, Chairperson, China Disabled Persons’ Federation; Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Mrs. Mary Crock, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; and Ms. Margaret Mbogoni, Senior Statistician, Statistics Division, UNDESA. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Venus Illagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International.
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26 January 2018
When one thinks of the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol usually come to mind. Adopted on 13 December 2006 and entered into force on 3 May 2008, the CRPD is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities, and takes to a new height the movement of disability rights and further ensures that persons with disabilities become agents of change throughout the world.
As of today, there are a total of 175 States parties and 160 signatories to the Convention. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 and series of other globally agreed development frameworks, the United Nations will continue to mainstream disability issues, and advance the rights, perspectives and leaderships of persons with disabilities in all aspects of sustainable development. Read more
8 January 2018
In 2017, a number of ‘transformative’ initiatives were taken by the international community to make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality by, for and with persons with disabilities.
The 2030 Agenda with the principle of “leaving no one behind” calls for immediate action toward inclusive society and development, taking a “people-centered” approach. Our work is dedicated to support action by Governments, other UN offices, civil society, in particular, persons with disabilities, academic institutions, and the private sector to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for ALL, including persons with disabilities, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
As the international community, we need to make every action, every decision and every progress in the SDGs be accessible by, for and with persons with disabilities. Read more
4 December 2017
The Secretary-General issued his message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3 December 2017, recognizing the international community’s achievement in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, and calling for actions to remove physical and cultural barriers, to build resilient societies and to create opportunities that truly leave no one behind.