The Sustainable Development Goals: No target met unless met for all

15 October 2014

Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of over 270 civil society organisations signing up to a joint statement to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. The statement urges him to ensure that no one is left behind in the new Sustainable Development Goals, including those with disabilities. It asks for a specific commitment in his soon-to-be released Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda that no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups.

The Secretary General’s Synthesis Report is expected to be published before the end of the year. It will bring together recommendations from various experts including the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals and the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda. 

The Synthesis Report is the next key stage in the lengthy process of agreeing the Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. There was no mention of disability in the Millennium Development goals, and we have been campaigning to make sure that disability is included this time round. Disability has been a prominent feature in all the key stages of debate so far, and we will be working hard over the next few months to make sure this continues.

The joint civil society statement says:

Inequalities are not an inevitable outcome of development progress. If we are to recognize the truly transformative potential of the new sustainable development framework we must embed equity at its core.

No one must be left behind by virtue of their gender, age disability, income, geography or ethnicity.

We, the undersigned organizations, urge the United Nations Secretary General to include an explicit commitment in his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda that no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups. 

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