In 2019, four years after committing to the hope of the 2030 Agenda, science paints a starker picture than ever before of the future we are facing. The existential, interwoven threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, rising global hunger and inequalities loom over our generation. The message is clear: we must accelerate our efforts now, as individuals, communities, businesses and nations, to secure the future of our people and planet. It is clearer now than ever before, that our fates are interconnected.
“Disability inclusion is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. When we remove policies or biases or obstacles to opportunity for persons with disabilities, the whole world benefits,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this year when he addressed the 12th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).