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High Level Panel meeting in Bali

a meeting with about 10 people - including a wheelchair user - seated in a room
Thematic working group, Global CSO Forum, Bali, Indonesia, 23-24 March 2013

CBM is working globally to ensure that the next development agenda following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities.

From 25-27 March members of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the post MDG agenda conducted its third and final meeting . The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, appointed 27 global leaders to form a ‘High-level Panel’ to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Panel is co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, and it includes leaders from civil society, private sector and government.   The HLP had already conducted meetings in Liberia in January 2013 and London in November 2012. 

CBM and civil society

A man standing surrounded by several seated people during a meeting. A banner behind them says 'Strengthening the global commuity's voices' ©CBM/Aditya
Murali Padmanabhan, from CBM South Asia Regional Office, facilitated the working group of disability, children and ageing in the Global CSO Forum, Bali, Indonesia, 23-24 March 2013
CBM's collaboration with International Disability and Development Consortium IDDC and
International Disability Alliance (IDA) ensured that persons with disabilities from low and middle income countries would be present and well briefed at all the meetings.  Our joint position paper on developing an inclusive post-MDG agenda was used by some of the disability representatives to inform the debates.

Disability leaders and activists met in Bali on March 25th as part of a civil society outreach forum.  12 disabled people's organisations from Indonesia and five international NGOs advocated for the inclusion of persons with disabilities as a main target group of a post-2015 framework within a disability working group.  You can read their final statements (PDF, ~ 49.5kB) here.  Mosarraf Hussain from ADD Intentional, who had participated in the Liberian High Level Meeting was able to brief the group and agree on consistent advocacy.   Ahead of the CSO Global Forum meeting, there was an initial meeting specify addressing disability issues, hosted by Indonesia Disability Consortium, which used the IDDC/IDA MDG position paper to ensure all messages were aligned.  Adrian Brahma Aditya from the CBM Indonesia office attended the Consortium meetings and was supported with materials and information from CBM’s International Advocacy and Alliance MDG toolkit.  He met Patricia Espinosa, one of the High Level Panellists from Mexico, who agreed disability needs to be part of a post-2015 framework.

Towards an inclusive post-MDG agenda

CBM is working with persons with disabilities all around the world to ensure that in the next international development agenda, which follows the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), persons with disabilities will be included. The UN has organised a global process of consultations to develop this new agenda. This involves online and face-to- face consultations in various countries and regions and on different themes. To assist our partners to get involved, we developed a quick guide and access tips. Our team are also supported partners in getting to, and preparing for the consultation meetings.

There are ongoing opportunities to input into the process by signing up to statements that were produced in Bonn as part of the ‘Advancing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda’ in March’.  And also to ‘MY World’ - a United Nations global survey asking you to choose your (7) priorities for a better world.  There are 16 priority areas in the survey to choose from, plus one more for you to decide, which can be made disability-specific, such as: freedom to make my own decisions; being included in the community by removing architectural and attitudinal barriers; including persons with disabilities in all development plans, programmes and activities. You decide! Forward, translate and send this around the world! Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Tell them about the world you want, because your voice matters!  Vote at: http://enable.myworld2015.org.

Disability and disaggregated data

Disappointingly, the communiqué from the HLP did not include disability, although data disaggregation was mentioned.  CBM’s position paper on the post-2015 MDGs explains disability-aggregated data ensures the identification and inclusion of people with disabilities when collecting data at local, national and international level. Indicators need to be defined that take into account the situation of people with disabilities, women and girls, men and boys, elderly, rural and urban population, indicators in gender, age, geographic location etc. The current MDGs target, goals and indicators do not specify data on disability and it is imperative that a new framework does so. This will ensure that disability becomes visible in statistics, and ensure evidence-based programming and policies.  International agreement on indicators and systems of data collection is vital if global comparisons are to be made in order to measure progress.  For our full position paper with explanatory notes, click here.

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