PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA

Good afternoon, everyone!

 

PGA TO SPEAK ABOUT FULL INCLUSION AND RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

In a few moments, the President of the General Assembly will deliver opening remarks at the High-Level Luncheon on Disability-Inclusive Development.

Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa will participate in the event, which is also being attended by the Vice President of Argentina, Ms. Gabriela Michetti, and the President-elect of the General Assembly and Permanent Representative of Nigeria, H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.

The luncheon takes place on the sidelines of the annual session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD.

The rights of people with disabilities is one of the seven priorities of President Espinosa’s agenda for the current session.

Last year, she launched the Steering Committee on Accessibility which is co-chaired by Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Korea. The committee seeks the cooperation of Member States, the Secretariat and civil society in order to advance full inclusion for people living with disabilities.

Ms. Espinosa says that inclusion is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and to harness the full potential of approximately 1 billion people, who represent 15% of the world’s population. Eight out of ten people with disabilities live in developing countries.

This afternoon, at 3 pm., Ms. Espinosa will attend the High-Level Meeting on Women with Disabilities in Political and Public Leadership: Towards Beijing + 25.

The PGA is drawing attention to the fact that women with disabilities experience barriers to participating in politics and leadership, for example, a woman living with disability has a lower chance of being employed than a man living with a similar disability.

She will also draw attention to the Beijing Platform for Action, adopted almost 25 years ago, and which includes targets of empowering women and girls living with disabilities.

 

More information on our website: www.un.org/pga/73

 

GA MEETS ON THE POLITICAL DECLARATION OF HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Earlier today, the General Assembly held informal consultations on the Political Declaration of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which will take place on 24 and 25 September 2019, in New York under the auspices of the GA.

The PGA circulated a revised draft of the Political Declaration for the consideration of Member States.

Ms. Espinosa appointed two co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations, the Ambassador of the Bahamas, H.E. Ms. Sheila Gweneth Carey and the Permanent Representative of Sweden, H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog.

Member States are now invited to make comments and suggestions on the Declaration which includes 13 commitments and a call to accelerated action among other points.

The entire draft can be found on our website in the section “letters”.

This is all for today. Do you have any questions?

 

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