20111216 Best Practices for Inclusion
Best Practices for including persons with disabilities in development UN Nov 2011
This is a working document which the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) is currently preparing in response to General Assembly resolution A/65/186 and with the intention of facilitating the discussions leading up to the envisaged High Level Meeting on disability and development at the 67th session of the General Assembly in 2012
The present document has been prepared in response to the request in paragraph 15(b) of General Assembly resolution 65/186, in which the Secretary-General was asked to “provide information on best practices at international, regional, subregional and national levels for
including persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts”. Its aim is the following:
(a) To establish a set of initial common criteria based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for the identification of what constitutes best practices in mainstreaming disability;
(b) To present a number of case studies that illustrate these criteria and/or the efforts to implement them in inclusive development;
(c) To present recommendations that can be proposed for the discussion amongst different stakeholders in development and in the disability community leading up to the envisaged high-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development in 2013.
The document is divided into four main sections. Following this brief introduction, section II will focus on the initial criteria for the assessment of best practices. Section III presents a number of recommendations, suggesting also how the United Nations can facilitate the process of mainstreaming disability and persons with disabilities in development and highlighting the interlinkages between the mainstreaming of disability and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and section IV contains 26 case studies from across the globe.