International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2016
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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), also known as World Disability Day is annually observed on 3 December each year. This Day aims to promote an awareness of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Theme for 2016
SDGs and Disability
How do we achieve the 17 Goals?
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
- Climate change - the most important global issue by far. Unless we address it, all our efforts to promote inclusive development will be overshadowed by this one catastrophe.
- Supporting countries to take ownership of their mandate to provide health care to their populations.” – Julian Eaton, CBM Advisor on Mental Health
“The new 2030 Agenda connects persons with disabilities to global poverty reduction efforts, measures access to equitable education and promotes accessible and inclusive cities. However, persons with disabilities are not explicitly included in either the health or gender goals, and the agenda is yet to ensure that is inclusive to and of persons with disabilities.
Priorities for Ear and Hearing Care advisors:
- The commitment to data disaggregation by disability and support the assessment of how inclusive the implementation of the 2030 Agenda will be for persons with hearing disability.
- The continuation to work with its allies at international, regional and national level, to ensure that the implementation of the new agenda is fully inclusive of persons with disabilities, particularly those with, or at risk of, hearing disability in our area of work.” – Diego Santana Hernandez, Senior Global Advisor for Ear and Hearing Care.
Goal 1 and 8: Addressing poverty and promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
By working with all stakeholders to achieve full and equitable inclusion in skills development and employment programmes, persons with disabilities can secure decent work and become productive and contributing members of society.
Attainment of the goals can turn the promise to leave no one behind into reality and will provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to realise their full potential as equal, empowered and respected citizens. – Hubert Seifert, CBM Advisor on Livelihood.
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goals 9 and 11: building resilient infrastructure and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Read the key recommendations for an inclusive urban agenda.
Advocating for the 17 Goals
Inclusion in emergency and disaster situations
CBM at the European Parliament
The UNCRPD celebrates its 10th anniversary this year
The Convention’s aim is to “protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.”
Its main message is that persons with disabilities are entitled to the full spectrum of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination. To that end, the Convention promotes the full participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life, challenging customs, stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and stigma relating to persons with disabilities. In the 10 years since its adoption, the Convention has been one of the most quickly ratified of all the international human right treaties and, to date, more than 160 States have ratified it.
Watch this CBM-supported video on the Members of the UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability to know what the Convention means to them, how it has changed their lives and what challenges lie ahead.