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UN High Commissioner calls for an end to exclusion

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UN High Commission for Human Rights, Navi Pillay at Human Rights Council panel discussion

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for an end to the exclusion of persons with disabilities during a panel discussion on 'Development for All' at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 13 September 2013.

A call to end exclusion

On 13 September 2013, the Human Rights Council held a panel discussion around the theme 'Development for All'. The discussion panel was organised by Light for the World and facilitated by Thomas Hajnoczi, the Ambassador of Austria. The panellists made a number of valuable contributions outlining the importance of disability inclusion.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for an end to the exclusion of persons with disabilities.
 “Ending the exploitation, marginalisation and exclusion of persons with disabilities simply makes good sense. Persons with disabilities whose rights are protected and who are free from discrimination are better able to contribute both economically and socially to their communities.“ - Navi Pillay, September 2013

Applying disability inclusion

The five other panelists outlined various aspects of applying disability inclusion -

Diane Mulligan, CBM’s Deputy Director for Advocacy and Alliances explained how the ‘data revolution’ mentioned in the Report of the High Level Panel on the Millennium Development Goals, needed to specifically target persons with disabilities. She stated that any post-2015 development agenda required persons with disabilities to be named,’ if they are not named, they will not be included’. 

CBM was one of the first NGOs to publish its own position paper on the post-2015 development framework, which can be read here

Yetnebersh Nigussie, Ethiopian human rights champion and Director of the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development highlighted the multiple discrimination that women with disabilities faced. She called for the intersectionality of gender and development to be addressed in future policies and programmes. 

Ron McCallum, Vice Chair of the UN committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities spoke personally about the importance of employment for persons with disabilities and his own position as a Professor of employment law in Australia.

Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Vice President of the Human Rights Council, urged the international community not to be complacent about the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda and to continue to advocate for disability inclusion, concluding the panel event. 

CBM is committed to advocating for disability-inclusive development at all levels, in all policy areas, in all parts of the world.


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