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Our aim for 2015: including persons with disabilities in global policies

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Tigist, with one of her brothers, had a successful cataract surgery in Ethiopia.

The post-2015 agenda will be voted this year and we work hard to make sure that persons with disabilities are included.

In 2015, we will continue working with our partner organisations to improve lives of persons with disabilities by supporting them with health, education and emergency responses projects.

Alongside our work in the field, we raise the voices of the most vulnerable people to international levels, such as the United Nations or the European Union. We want to express their needs and expectations but also their concerns about global decisions. Persons with disabilities want to be included in international decision-making processes and the year 2015 is an important step we cannot miss.

Post-2015 agenda to be voted

In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) Summit will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) : the future development agenda in the world. CBM along with our partners IDA, IDDC and others are working closely with the involved parties to have persons with disabilities included in these goals. This is the basis for inclusion in national policies.

Persons with disabilities were left out of the MDGs as well as out of many national, global and UN development programmes. Our Advocacy work is to make sure that this won’t happen again. 

For this new crucial phase, we participate actively in working groups to always highlight the rights of persons with disabilities and the impact of each goal on the men, women and children living with disabilities. In our work, we ensure that persons with disabilities themselves can influence theses key processes. We also work on defining the implementation process once these goals are approved.

Background: after the MDGs, the SDGs

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were eight international development goals to be reached by 2015. In June 2012, the UN General Assembly agreed on setting up Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – they are currently discussed and gathered within an action plan called "post-2015 agenda".
As of January 2015, there are 17 proposed SDGs.

Being part of the implementation of these global goals

After September 2015, once the SDGs are agreed, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be in charge of implementing them.

CBM and our partners are beginning to advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities within this process – how do we put into action the words and the promises? What needs to be done to make sure that the SDGs are inclusive?

We will keep you regularly posted about the latest updates on our website and via our blog.

The Year 2015: goals, promises and actions

On December 2014, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s synthesis report was launched: “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.” As we know, persons with disabilities are often living in poverty and our partners projects aim to improve their lives through health care and education.

2015 is a key year for the global organisations to all agree on common objectives to build a better world. It is part of our work at CBM to liaise with our partners to strengthen together the voice of persons with disabilities: they cannot be left behind, they are part of the solution.

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