Leadership, strategic planning and management
What we are working on: senior leadership which champions disability inclusion; strategic planning that takes into account people with disabilities; the development of disability-specific policies or strategies; and the establishment of teams or individuals with knowledge and expertise on disability inclusion.
PHOTO | Ms. Montserrat Vilarrasa, Secretary of the Assembly of Human Rights Montserrat Trueta and Member for Intellectual Disability at the City Council of Barcelona, speaking during a High-Level Meeting of Women with Disabilities in Political and Public Leadership (UN Women Headquarters, New York, June 2019). UN Women.
What we are working on: closely consulting and actively involving persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in everything we do; ensuring full accessibility for all—to our buildings and facilities, workspaces, information and communications, conferences and events—with specific measures, equipment and services to achieve it.
PHOTO | People with and without disabilities entering a university in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. PHOTO/ILO/A. Fiorente.
What we are working on: supporting disability-inclusive programming through practical guidance for the field and headquarters; developing joint initiatives to leverage our strengths and accelerate progress; and undertaking evaluations which provide information on how we are doing.
PHOTO | Primary school girls in Nalanda Bihar, India, using sign language to communicate in class. UNICEF/Vishwanathan.
What we are working on: evolving our internal systems in order to attract, recruit, retain and promote persons with disabilities in the UN workforce; building the capacities of our staff to understand disability inclusion; and developing our communications to promote the rights of people with disabilities and raise awareness on disability inclusion.
PHOTO | Children with disabilities during a sport event in a school, in Washington, D.C. UN Photo.
180 Member States have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, are persons with disabilities.
80% of persons with disabilities live in developing countries.
7 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals explicitly refer to persons with disabilities.