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CBM welcomes the MDG summit declaration


With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), world leaders are meeting at a summit in New York (20-22 September) to accelerate progress towards the MDGs. CBM welcomes the initial outcomes, which include persons with disabilities in MDG policies and programmes. Download full press release (right).

CBM welcomes summit declaration

CBM welcomes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit declaration which has explicitly committed to the inclusion of, and accessibility for, persons with disabilities in MDG policies and programmes.

In particular, the MDG summit outcome document stresses the need to provide equitable access for people with disabilities to economic opportunities and social services. Schools will have to be designed accessibly and to provide inclusive curricula, in line with the commitments made in New York.

CBM works closely with communities to ensure access for people with disabilities to their basic rights - including education, access to healthcare and rehabilitation, and livelihoods; the MDG summit’s outcome declaration should encourage governments to take action to do the same. It will be important to see concrete actions and resources committed for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, if the MDGs are to be achieved by 2015.

Speeches with references to persons with disabilities

During the MDGs Review Summit, the following speeches included direct references to persons with disabilities:

"The rights of persons with disabilities must be made visible and addressed in Millennium Development Goal related activities at all levels."
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"Furthermore, allow me to highlight the needs of people with disabilities who belong to the most vulnerable in general and in development processes in particular. It is my firm belief that we need to increase our attention to this group."
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"As stated by UNAIDS, there is need for a Prevention Revolution, since prolonging life is not the only goal in combating the HIVIAIDS pandemic. Targeted attention is being paid toour several publics, including Persons with Disabilities and particularly those who are mentally challenged. The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development and the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development are collaborating to prepare manuals in a language easily understood by this target group.
Connect Barbados, a public sectorlprivate sector partnership, is converting current literature on HIVIAIDS to Braille print, thus malung it accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired. Hovvever, High risk groups are yet to be targeted with the same intensity."
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"Assistance for education leads to the creation of jobs and social vitality, which I consider essential. Japan, therefore, proposes a basic education assistance model which encourages coordinated efforts among schools, communities and governments for the comprehensive improvement of the learning environment in such areas as quality of teachers, school management, treatment of girls and disabled students, nutrition, sanitation and child physical fitness. I call this "School for All". I am confident that the introduction of this model in many developing countries will lead to the diffusion of sustainable education."
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"In addition to the above, the document Disability policy created elementary conditions for creating solutions targeted at ensuring a higher level of social inclusion for this especially vulnerable group and enabling their access, among other things, to the labor market."

Efforts to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in MDGs

CBM has been working with the International Disability and Development Consortium to press for governments to include the rights of PWD people with disabilities in the MDGs, in line with their commitments to the Rights of Persons with disabilities, through the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.

CBM advocacy towards inclusion of PWD in policy planning

Launch of EC funded project 'Making Development Inclusive'

On 22nd June 2010, in collaboration with Alf Svensson MEP (EPP), the IDDC launched the EC-funded project 'Making Development Inclusive'


European Parliament debates Inclusive Development

On 10th May 2010 CBM India's Murali Padmanabhan presented the IDDC and its approach to inclusive development to the European Parliament



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