Persons with disabilities comprise an estimated 15 per cent of the world’s population and 80 per cent live in developing countries and are overrepresented among those living in absolute poverty. Persons with disabilities often encounter discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis. The 2030 Agenda has however opened doors for participation and recognition as active, contributing members of society. Persons with disabilities should be recognized as equal partners, and be consulted by governments, civil society and other stakeholders. Civil Society has a unique role to ensure that the implementation of the Agenda is carried out with the inclusion of persons with disabilities at both local and national levels. This session will give facts about the current situation for persons with disabilities and give examples of how the 2030 Agenda can be used as a tool for inclusion.
- Jesper Hansén, Secretary General MyRight
- Tiina Nummi-Södergren, Project manager for Equally Unique Academy
Place: Room 23