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UN General Assembly side event

07-10-2013
Two ladies and a man stands beside a large printed document, document read "2013 Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities"
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Yannis Vardakastanis, Ms. Gudrun Kopp, and Inga Marte Thorkildsen with the 2013 Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

On 25 September 2013, the IDCC and IDA held a civil society reception at the UN Headquarters to gather support for disability inclusion in the post-2015 development framework. Political leaders introduced and signed the 2013 Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, whilst celebrities and sport people were invited to sign an open letter highlighting the importance of disability inclusion.

Following the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development and the UN General Assembly Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations hosted an evening reception at the United Nations Headquarters on 25 September 2013. The theme of the event was “Including People with Disabilities in the UN Development Agenda.” 

The reception was organised to stress the importance of disability inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda and affirm the commitments of both government and civil society to promote inclusive development.

Governments and civil society organisations support inclusion for all

The speakers at the reception representing governments included H.E. Ms. Inga Marte Thorkildsen, the Norwegian Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion who emphasised Norway’s commitment of the inclusion persons with disabilities in the new post-2015 development agenda. The Honorable Minister Kumari Selja, Indian Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment reaffirmed “India's firm commitment, both nationally and globally, to building and enabling an inclusive environment so that all persons with disabilities are able to enjoy their rights and realise their full potential in society.”
A woman (who is a wheelhair user) speaking on a podium with a sign translator next to her ©CBM
Ms. Risna Utami
Ms. Risna Utami, Chair of Indonesian National Consortium for Disability, a partner of CBM and grassroots disability activist, highlighted the importance of collaboration with international organisations such as CBM and how engagement with local communities assists to “influence the government to be more responsible, to respect, and to fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities.” Ms. Utami poignantly concluded with "no development without inclusion."

The 2013 Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Affirming her commitment to disability inclusion, Ms. Gudrun Kopp MP, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany introduced the 2013 Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and then signed it in front of the audience.

Ms. Kopp MP signature joined other government representatives who also gave their commitment to inclusion, this included Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for International Development, UK; Austrian Ambassador Johannes Kyrle, Secretary-General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry; Inga Marte Thorkildsen, Minister for Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Norway.

Open letter supporting disability inclusion

Building on this momentum of support, the IDA and IDDC produced an open letter, signed by celebrities and sports people, highlighting the importance of disability inclusion in the New Global Development Goals.

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