Secretary General Report on the MDG's

Sixty-fifth session
Item 27 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Social development, including questions relating to the
world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled
persons and the family

Keeping the promise: realizing the Millennium Development Goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond

Report of the Secretary-General 

 The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 63/150 and 64/131, by which the Assembly requested a comprehensive biennial review on the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and progress and challenges concerning the advancement of persons with disabilities in the context of development and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals. It consists of the introduction and five sections: section II contains the background to promoting the inclusion of disability in the Goals, including the implications of the global crises for persons with disabilities; section III examines the status of inclusion of disability and persons with disabilities concerning: (a) the ongoing Millennium Development Goal processes; (b) progress and challenges; and (c) monitoring and evaluation and Millennium Development Goal indicators; section IV outlines the options for updating the World Programme; and section V contains the overview of the current status of disability data and statistics. The report provides recommendations to advance disability-inclusive Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals by Member States and other stakeholders based on: (a) the international normative framework on disability, including the World Programme of Action, the Standard Rules and the Convention; (b) the existing Millennium Development Goal framework for implementation, monitoring and evaluation; and (c) the strengthened disability statistics for monitoring and evaluation of progress made in (a) and (b). The annexes provide further technical information as background in support of the recommendations: (a) options for updates of the World Programme of Action; and (b) future development and use of disability statistics in support of inclusive monitoring and evaluation of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.