The International Disability
Allliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium
(IDDC) welcome the concrete references to persons with disabilities, inclusive
education and accessibility in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the outcome
document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
The Addis Ababa
Action Agenda contains 6 explicit references to persons with disabilities and disability, 1 to
“inclusive education”, 1 to “inclusive learning environment” and 2 to
“accessible” technologies and infrastructures.
In addition to these disability-specific
references, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda also includes a number of references to
“inclusive” (e.g. “inclusive growth”, “inclusive societies”), a number of references to “access” (e.g. access to
beneficial ownership information) and an additional one to “accessibility” of
data (Para 128).
The Millennium Development Goals failed to improve the
livelihood of persons with disabilities: they were not mentioned in any of the
8 Goals or the attendant 21 Targets or 60 Indicators of the current MDGs. The references to persons with disabilities, disability-inclusive
education and accessibility in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda represent an
important opportunity to contribute to inclusion and to leaving no-one behind
in the Financing for Development agenda and in the wider post-2015 framework.
IDA and IDDC are grateful to all UN Member
States that supported and promoted the rights of persons with disabilities
during the negotiation process and we count on their continued support as we
enter the implementation phase.
With the references to disability, inclusion and accessibility in the Addis
Ababa Action Agenda, governments have given visibility to one billion persons
with disabilities worldwide, of whom 80% live in low-income countries. Persons
with disabilities are mentioned in the following areas of the Addis Ababa Action
Agenda, which are very important in the fight against poverty and the
empowerment of marginalised people: social protection, employment, education,
infrastructure, technology and data.
However, it is important to recognise that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda
could have been far more ambitious in dealing with a number of challenging
issues, including private finance, tax and Official Development Assistance. The
lack of concrete commitments in these areas is likely to have a negative impact
on the poorest and most marginalised people, including persons with
Polly Meeks and Rachele Tardi, “After Addis Ababa: What lies ahead for ‘leave no one behind’?
Rachele Tardi, Light for the World Representative to the UN, Blog from
Addis Ababa: https://racheletardi.wordpress.com
Outcome document of FFD3: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.227/L.1
Civil Society Response to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda: https://csoforffd.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/cso-response-to-ffd-addis-ababa-action-agenda-16-july-2015.pdf