A collage of two pictures. The first shows three students standing together and smiling at each other in a classroom. The second image shows a young blind man and a young blind woman from Burundi, sitting on a bench, talking and laughing.
Left: Ukranian students at an education complex for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Right: Necelatte (right) and Jean-Claude (left), from Burundi, in conversation at university.
Photo:© UNHCR/Antoine Tardy | UNICEF/2019/Kharkiv/Anna Markel

Secretary-General’s Report

When launching the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy in June 2019, the Secretary-General stated that the United Nations should lead by example and raise the Organization’s standards and performance on disability inclusion—across all pillars of work, from headquarters to the field.  

In recognition of this commitment, the General Assembly invited the Secretary-General to submit, during its 75th session in 2020, the first comprehensive report on steps taken by the United Nations system to mainstream disability inclusion and implement the Strategy since its launch. The report presents the system-wide efforts and collective commitments towards achieving transformative and lasting change for persons with disabilities within the organization.

As the Strategy was launched in 2019, the 2020 report provides a first baseline on the status of disability inclusion across the system. It establishes recommendations for the system to do more, and lays down concrete steps to support to Member States to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to a more inclusive United Nations for all.

Read the 2020 Report:

Secretary-General’s Report in Sign Language (abridged)


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