©Fernando Olivas/ IDA & IDDC: UK's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone signing a commitment to the inclusion of disabled people in international development, with Mosharraf Hossain Country Director for ADD International in Bangladesh

Post-2015

Without explicit references to disability, the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) failed to address the situation of 1 billion people living with a disability, of which many live in poverty. As the post-2015 process of renewing the global framework for development began, International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) have been coordinating their advocacy efforts to influence this process and ensure that the upcoming global framework is fully disability-inclusive.

Background of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

At Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, countries agreed to establish an inter-governmental process to develop a set of “action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate” sustainable development goals to help drive the implementation of sustainable development. The Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want”, brought persons with disabilities to the table, expanding the list of civil society groups to include “Other Stakeholders” along with Major Groups.

On January 22, 2013 an Open Working Group (OWG) was convened with the objective of creating a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A majority of the Working Group’s 30 seats are shared between several countries, with the Permanent Representatives of Hungary and Kenya acting as Co-Chairs.

The OWG held eight sessions from March 2013 to February 2014 that covered thematic areas that could be included as SDGs. Major Groups and Other Stakeholders contributed to the debate by participating as discussants in the OWG meetings and in the Morning Hearings with the Co-Chairs. Particularly relevant sessions for DPOs, CSOs, and IDDC included:

December 12: Human Rights in which persons with disabilities were mentioned in statements by Member States 10 times
February 5: Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality, and women's empowerment in which persons with disabilities were mentioned in statements by Member States 18 times

On February 21, the OWG Co-Chairs released a report of 19 focus areas that is the basis of the proposed goals. Persons with disabilities were included in seven (below in bold) of the 19 focus areas including:

  1. Poverty eradication
  2. Food security and nutrition
  3. Health and population dynamics
  4. Education
  5. Gender equality and women’s empowerment
  6. Water and sanitation
  7. Energy
  8. Economic Growth
  9. Industrialization
  10. Infrastructure
  11. Employment and decent work for all
  12. Promoting equality
  13. Sustainable cities and human settlements
  14. Sustainable consumption and production
  15. Climate
  16. Marine resources, oceans and seas
  17. Ecosystems and biodiversity
  18. Means of implementation
  19. Peaceful and non-violent societies, capable institutions

In early March 2014 the OWG closed negotiations began and will conclude on 18 July 2014. The negotiations will culminate in a document possibly containing concrete goals with targets and indicators.

 

How is IDDC involved?

Without explicit references to disability, the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) failed to address the situation of 1 billion people living with a disability, of which many live in poverty. As the post-2015 process of renewing the global framework for development began, International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) have been coordinating their advocacy efforts to influence this process and ensure that the upcoming global framework is fully disability-inclusive.

What have we achieved so:

  • Defining our position
  • Ensuring participation of persons with disabilities
  • Influencing strategic documents of the post-2015 process
  • Influencing civil society platforms
  • Influencing Member States

 

Post-2015 and the UN Taskgroup:

- Overview of key policy and position papers linked to post-2015 process

- Events, Actions and Campaigns

View our Resource and Tools page which includes Policy contributions, position papers, events, actions, campaigns, resources and tools related to post-2015