Disability and Sustainable Development Goals - GiftAbled

Disability and Sustainable Development Goals

Empowering Persons with Disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

Leave No One Behind

The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental principle, cutting across the three pillars of the work of the United Nations: Development, Human Rights and Peace and Security. It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of Persons with Disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with Persons with Disabilities.

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Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities

Disability has been included in various targets and as a cross-cutting issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Efforts need to be stepped up to ensure that the goals and targets will be achieved for persons with disabilities too, in line with the CRPD.

In particular, the following SDGs are addressed in detail in the following sections of this chapter: poverty and hunger (SDGs 1 and 2), health and well-being (SDG 3), sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (targets 3.7 and 5.6), education (SDG 4), gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities (SDG 5), availability of water and sanitation (SDG 6), access to energy (SDG 7), employment and decent work (SDG 8), access to ICT (target 9.c), inequality (SDG 10), inclusive cities and human settlements (SDG 11), disasters, shocks and climate change (targets 1.5 and 11.5 and SDG 13) and finally violence against persons with disabilities, inclusive societies and institutions, representative decision-making, birth-registration and access to justice and to information (SDG 16).