Skip directly to content

Accessible Global Governance

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 logo

UN SDGs Summit Side Event:
Towards Full Inclusion of Disabled Persons in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
and Global Governance Processes

Date: 24 September 2015

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm US ET

Venue: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Organizers: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations; United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA);
The Nippon Foundation

Co-Sponsors: Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations; The World Bank; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; Institute on Disability and Public Policy; International Disability Alliance

View United Nations WebTV Recording of Side Event

View Blackboard Collaborate Recording of Side Event
Blackboard Collaborate webconferencing software is screen reader accessible;
Closed captions available via Windows menu > Show Closed Captioning once inside virtual room.

 


Program:

Moderator:
Mr. Hironobu Shibuya, Special Advisor, The Nippon Foundation

Opening and Welcome Remarks:
- Mr. Jun Saito, Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
- Mr. Santiago Santos Repetto, Principal Advisory of the Technical Secretariat for the Inclusive Management on Disabilities,
Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations
- Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief of Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Keynote Address:
"Inclusion of Disabled Persons in the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction"
- Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
- Ms. Elina Parm, Liaison Officer, New York UNHQ Liaison Office, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Keynote Address:
"UNESCO's Programme to Mainstream the Issues of Disabled Persons"
- Mr. Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Presentation:
"The World Bank's Approaches to Social Mobility and Inclusive Development"
- Mr. Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

Special Report:
"Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes"
- Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy;
Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Panel Discussion

Chair:
H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT);
Senior Fellow, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Panelists:
- Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Advisor in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group
- Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy;
Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
- Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

Questions and Answers Session

Closing Remarks:
- H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT);
Senior Fellow, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


Background, Objectives, and Expected Outcomes:

Flyer for SDGs Summit Side EventUN Member States and the international community have made great strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. They have also helped align the United Nations with many other international development organizations, civil society organizations and the business community towards achieving those goals. With, what many consider, successful achievement of the MDGs, the United Nations General Assembly is set to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - at its forthcoming 70th Session in September 2015.

In parallel, the UN has been promoting the development of an inclusive global society, especially for disabled persons as agents of change and as beneficiaries of this change, for the past decades, through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in 2006.  As of today, 157 Member States have ratified the CRPD. Mainstreaming the issues and plight of disabled persons into the process of development is crucial to realize the goal of “no one left behind.” The number of disabled persons is estimated to be beyond one billion - approximately one out of every seven persons in the world today. Moreover, many disabled persons live in extreme poverty; therefore, the inclusion of disabled persons must take place in order to reach these goals. As such, Member States are expected to give due attention to the full inclusion of disabled persons in their work towards achieving the 2030 SDGs. However, inclusion at the national level is not sufficient to achieve the goals: this concept must also be applied to multilateral organizations and global decision-making processes, namely at the UN and in global conferences, meetings and events, and needs to be implemented on multiple dimensions: global, regional, national, and local.

The government of Japan has contributed to the development of programmes for, and building the leadership role of, disabled persons in developing countries through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the past decades. In particular, it assisted in the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), in cooperation with the government of Thailand and the ASEAN Secretariat, which has become a leading international institution for disabled persons in Asia and the Pacific. The Nippon Foundation has been taking the lead in promoting the inclusion of disabled persons at international fora. For example, the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development (2013) highlighted the critical importance of accessibility as a means and goal of inclusive society and development. During the meeting, The Nippon Foundation supported the presentation of the Outcome Document in a multi-media accessible format for disabled persons. In addition, The Nippon Foundation helped ensure that the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and relevant public forums in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March 2015) were fully accessible to disabled persons, so that they could participate and exert leadership in all aspects of the proceedings. As a result, active participation of more than 200 disabled persons contributed to the fruitful discussions on implementation of inclusive disaster risk reduction and to the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

At this Side Event in September, the ideas, approaches and strategies for developing the framework for the inclusion of disabled persons towards achieving the 2030 SDGs will be presented and discussed by an expert panel. The importance of the inclusion of disabled persons to the development agenda is recognized once more, and the shared ideas and discussions will contribute to promoting the inclusion of disabled persons further in the post-2015 development framework.