EU Parliament stresses Inclusion in the Post-2015 agenda

Children using sign language to spell the name of their education center - in Bolivia.

In the Plenary sitting of November the European Parliament adopts its position for post-2015,and calls on the European Union to advocate for a framework underpinned by poverty eradication, human rights and climate change. Importantly, the elected Members of the European Parliament underline the need for respecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in international cooperation.

While EU Member States are discussing a EU joint position and the way forward in the upcoming intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015, the European Parliament has agreed on the priorities the EU should advocate for in a resolution released on 25 November.

"By adopting this resolution in the European Parliament we are sending a clear message to the Council. We want the Council to adopt a common position that will allow the EU to take a stand and be effective in the global development framework negotiations next year. These negotiations will result in the new set of goals for the period after 2015 and will replace the millennium goals of 2000" Said rapporteur Mr. Davor Ivo Stier prior to the vote.

Eradication of poverty, human rights and the rights of persons with disabilities

While acknowledging the positive impact brought about by the time-bound actions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the European Parliament recognised the failure of the MDGs to address the structural causes of inequalities, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty and human rights violations. This is why it is of utmost importance that the future framework, while keeping poverty eradication as one of its overarching priorities, is people-centered, universal in nature and underpinned by a rights-based approach.    
Equity, non-discrimination and equal access to services, including health care and education, should also be one of the priorities of the future sustainable development goals. In fact, improved access to health care and education will play an important role in combatting economic and social exclusion.

In their resolution the Members of the European Parliament explicitly called for the UN Convention on  the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to be respected and went further in stating that the new framework should promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

"Parliament has called for inclusion here and abroad. Disability rights aren't only  fundamental rights, they're universal rights  that  must be recognized and promoted around the world, and the post 2015 framework must prove its university also by providing full access to goods, services and human development to all" stated Mr. Enrique Guerrero, Member of the European Parliament supporting very actively the work of CBM.

Next steps

The EP resolution certainly sets forth the right background for persons with disabilities to be further taken into consideration by Member States on 14 December when the EU common position will be voted. Yet lots remains to be done to ensure the CRPD and the rights of persons with disabilities, to which the EU is legally bound, will be reflected in the EU position towards the future global development framework. CBM, together with its partners, will continue to advocate at all levels to ensure on one hand the future global development framework fully embraces the principles of non-discrimination and equity by adopting a rights-based approach and, on the other hand, the rights of persons with disabilities are imbedded in the post-2015 agenda. 


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