Image of Mark Mapemba of Inclusion International speaking to the Commission for Social Development

CSocD55 discusses disability issues

Image of Mark Mapemba of Inclusion International speaking to the Commission for Social DevelopmentPersons with disabilities and disabilities and disability issues were featured at the fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) is currently ongoing at UN Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.

High-Level Panel Discussion on Poverty and Disability

On 3 February, a High-Level Panel Discussion titled “Leaving no one behind: poverty and disability” took place. Delegates spotlighted the obligation of Governments and international organizations to promote and protect the inalienable rights of the world’s 1 billion persons with disabilities. The Panelists focused on the nexus between disability and poverty, underscoring the need to incorporate disability into all future development efforts.  They also responded to a range of comments and questions raised by delegates, including several persons with disabilities, who demanded full participation in decision-making and emphasized that “nothing about us without us”.

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities of the Human Rights Council stated:  “The 2030 Agenda  is a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty, but that goal cannot be achieved without persons with disabilities.”  Emphasizing that all actors working to implement that Agenda — including Governments, development specialists, United Nations agencies and others —
must take account of disability issues in a rights-based manner, she pointed to the clear correlation between disability and inequality, saying structural barriers such as lack of access to education and transport contributed to their exclusion.

Side-events on mental health and youth

During the second week of the 55th session of the Commission, a wide range of side events tackling the challenges and opportunities of the Sustainable Development continue to attract UN entities, Governments, as well as NGOs and experts in the field.

  1. “Promoting Mental Health and Well-being for Youth: A Strategy for Social Integration and Poverty Eradication” took place on 7 February at Conference Room 12 at the UN Headquarters. Programme of the side- event
  2. “Leaving No One Behind: The Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions”. Programme of the side-event

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