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Fredrick Msigallah (left) in discussion with Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Michael Cashman. Fredrick was in Brussels with a delegation from Tanzanian organisation CCBRT to meet strategic partners and to raise awareness within the EU institutions of the challenges that people with disabilities in Africa face every day.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on 25 September 2015. Some quick and useful facts about the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs :
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form an important part of the 2030 Agenda – the goals and the Agenda are described as, ‘universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world’
  • The SDGs focus on all countries
  • There are 17 SDG goals and 169 targets with approximately 224 proposed indicators

Unlike the previous Millennium Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda includes 11 references to persons with disabilities. This was largely due to the advocacy of international, regional and national organisations of persons with disabilities, international NGOs and their representatives. CBM worked closely with IDA and IDDC to advocate for disability inclusive SDGs.

The implementation of the SDGs began in January 2016, and will last for 15 years. Much of the work remains to be done and you can keep up to date on all our activities on the SDGs by following the CBM blog and tweets from Elizabeth and CBM International.

If you want to learn read and learn more about the SDGs and persons with disabilities, here are some useful resources:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The purpose of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all women, men, girls and boys with disabilities. It therefore serves as important guidance for CBM advocacy. CBM actively engages with the CRPD in a number of ways:
  • IAA makes full use of the CRPD in its advocacy work and aligns its policies to the core articles and provisions of the CRPD. Read previous policy submissions to human rights treaty bodies
  • IAA attends and supports partners and persons with disabilities to attend the annual Conference of State Parties organised by the UN in New York to discuss CRPD implementation. Make sure to follow the CBM blog for 2016 events.
  • The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of 18 independent experts, which monitors implementation of the CRPD globally. Diane Kingston, Deputy Director of IAA is the elected United Kingdom member of the Committee to serve from 2013-2016. The Committee meets twice a year in Geneva, and CBM supports a number of activities such as:  the participation of persons with disabilities from the global south, hosting side events on disability-inclusive international development and providing expert opinion and speakers.
  • IAA supports requests by various different stakeholders for awareness raising on the CRPD and also works with organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to build their capacity to engage with the CRPD reporting cycles and processes.

European Union

The EU, the world’s largest donor of aid is an important global actor - both politically and financially - in the field of development. Elisa and Alba's specific focus is working on building relationships with EU institutions and elected parliamentarians to progress disability-inclusive development at policy level. Elisa and Alba also work with EU based NGOs focused on international development to create awareness and capacity build on disability-inclusive development.
  • Read more about how CBM works with allies such as the IDDC and how they engage with the EU.
  • The EU was the first regional body to ratify a human rights treaty – the CRPD. Read how CBM was engaging through the IDDC in advocating for inclusion before and during the EU’s first review by the CRPD committee.

What EU LO does, how it works, and partner organisations

International Advocacy and Alliances Team

International Advocacy and Alliances Team


CBM and the EU

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"The purpose of CBM's EU work is to make sure that persons with disabilities are at the heart of decisions which are made by the European Union about international development and developing countries."
Advocacy Director


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