On 23rd September Inclusion International representatives, Connie Laurin-Bowie, Nagase Osamu and Diane Richler attended the High Level meeting at which many heads of state and world leaders (Bill Gates, Ban Ki Moon, others) committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities (using the CRPD as the framework) in the global agenda for poverty reduction (post 2015).
The theme was: “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond.” Over the past few years, the disability community has been participating in consultations, meeting with government officials, partnering with development organizations and others to ensure that the new post-2015 Development Agenda will include an explicit focus on disability. This is currently a top priority for the international disability community.
The new post-2015 development agenda will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound development goals to be achieved by 2015. While much progress has been made on the MDGs much remains to be done and there has been recognition that the gains made through the MDGs have not equally benefited all people, particularly people with disabilities. The new development agenda will influence international cooperation and the focus of international aid. It is critical to ensure that disability is included as a core component of the new development agenda. II has been working with key UN agencies, the International Disability Alliance, and other partners; and, II members have participated in national and regional level consultations to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities and their families are reflected in the new development agenda.
The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda’s report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development which was released its report In June, 2013, set out a universal agenda for sustainable development and to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. The report calls for five transformative shifts including: no one left behind, focused on ensuring no one – including people with disabilities, are denied human rights and basic opportunities. A key message from the report is that transformative change is needed. This message reflects Inclusion International’s positions and contributions to the post-2015 consultations.
II’s upcoming World Congress will have an explicit focus on the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will have an opportunity to help shape and influence the dialogue on developing an inclusive post-2015 development agenda.