Sustainable Development Summit

The UN Sustainable Development Summit landmark summit will launch the post-2015 development agenda. This ambitious new agenda will bring together three essential dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. Represented by the five “ps”: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, the agenda calls for action by all countries and commits to leaving no one behind. Comprised of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.

This accomplishment will help to ensure that persons with intellectual disabilities and their families are not left behind. It also reflects a shift that transformative change is needed. This message reflects Inclusion International’s positions and contributions to the post-2015 consultations. The message reaffirms the conclusion of Inclusion International’s recent global report, Inclusive Communities = Stronger Communities, that transforming communities to be inclusive and ensuring that people with disabilities are included in mainstream programmes is essential for securing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. Whether it is transforming communities, education systems or our economies, a new approach is needed.

To be successful, the post-2015 Development Agenda must be inclusive and must focus on how we transform existing systems to better meet the needs of ALL.

The UN Secretary General has stated that the agenda:

“encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world.  This is the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere and leaving no one behind.  It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity and forge partnerships with people and planet at the core.  The integrated, interlinked and indivisible 17 sustainable development goals are the people’s goals and demonstrate the scale, universality and ambition of this new agenda.”