The MDGs - including resource kit
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are part of the global partnership that has grown from the commitments and targets established at the world summits of the 1990s. CBM urges all actors to accelerate the process of making the MDGs a reality for persons with disabilities, and is supporting the call for a fully disability-inclusive post-2015 global development framework based on human rights and equity.
CBM supports local partner organisations on the ground, which assist people with disabilities to access education, vocational training, healthcare or livelihood support, so that they can participate in society on an equal basis with others.
Inclusive development is an important aspect of this because it supports the equal rights and opportunities of persons with disabilities everywhere. Disability-inclusive development therefore is the process of ensuring that all marginalised and/or excluded groups are included in the development process, including people with disabilities using a twin-track approach.
In September 2010, with only five years left until the 2015 deadline, world leaders met in New York to accelerate progress. The initial outcomes of this summit included persons with disabilities in policies and programmes - read more about this summit here.
The right to development is universal and the CRPD further emphasises persons with disabilities right to development, and provides the legal basis for the advocacy activities of CBM and its partners. Article 32 articulates that once a country signs the convention, it will need to make its international cooperation and development programs inclusive of, and accessible to persons with disabilities.
As the 2010 midway report on the MDGs indicates, progress has been most successful in countries where economic growth has been broadly distributed. Inclusive international development cooperation, based on equality and human rights, is necessary to eradicate poverty.
- Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
- Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development