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Making the MDGs inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities in their communities


20121126 Making the MDGs inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities in their communities

 

WHO: Facts about disability

• At least 10% of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability (1).
• 20% of the world’s poor are disabled (2).
• The percentage of children with disabilities not attending school is extremely variable and is between 65 - 85% in some African countries (3).
• Mortality for children with disabilities may be as high as 80% in countries where under-five mortality as a whole has decreased to below 20% (4).
• In many low-income and middle -income countries, only 5-15% of disabled people who require assistive devices and technology have access to them (5).

Millennium Development Goals and Inclusive Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 development objectives set by the UN and membership organizations for the global community. The Goals consist of 21 quantifiable targets and are measured by 60 indicators. They address the needs of the world’s poorest citizens and the world’s most marginalized populations by fostering collaborative action in key areas - poverty, education, health and the environment. The MDGs do not explicitly mention disability.

Millennium Development Goals
 

 

Considering the challenges that people with disabilities face it is vital that the global community works to mainstream disability across all development sectors. A recent report from The Expert Group Meeting on Mainstreaming Disability in MDG Policies, Processes and Mechanisms: Development for All suggests that the MDGs can only be achieved with the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Disability-inclusive MDGs would serve to implement a number of the substantive Articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP). While the CRPD does not introduce new rights it reaffirms the need to promote and protect the human rights of people with disabilities in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life.
Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

http://www.who.int/disabilities/media/events/idpdinfo031209/en/

 

 

 

Facts about disability

 

  • At least 10% of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability (1).
  • 20% of the world’s poor are disabled (2).
  • The percentage of children with disabilities not attending school is extremely variable and is between 65 - 85% in some African countries (3).
  • Mortality for children with disabilities may be as high as 80% in countries where under-five mortality as a whole has decreased to below 20% (4).
  • In many low-income and middle -income countries, only 5-15% of disabled people who require assistive devices and technology have access to them (5).

Millennium Development Goals and Inclusive Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 development objectives set by the UN and membership organizations for the global community. The Goals consist of 21 quantifiable targets and are measured by 60 indicators. They address the needs of the world’s poorest citizens and the world’s most marginalized populations by fostering collaborative action in key areas - poverty, education, health and the environment. The MDGs do not explicitly mention disability.

Millennium Development Goals

Considering the challenges that people with disabilities face it is vital that the global community works to mainstream disability across all development sectors. A recent report from The Expert Group Meeting on Mainstreaming Disability in MDG Policies, Processes and Mechanisms: Development for All suggests that the MDGs can only be achieved with the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Disability-inclusive MDGs would serve to implement a number of the substantive Articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP). While the CRPD does not introduce new rights it reaffirms the need to promote and protect the human rights of people with disabilities in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life.

Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

http://www.who.int/disabilities/media/events/idpdinfo031209/en/

Source: WHO