The Sustainable Development Goals – will disability be included?

6 June 2014

The Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals has just published a ‘zero draft’ of the proposed goals and targets on sustainable development that will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. We are very pleased to see that there are five mentions of disability in the new targets, relating to five of the proposed new goals.

This is a big improvement on the Millennium Development Goals, which made absolutely no mention of disability. Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of several disability organisations and networks who have been campaigning to make sure disability is included this time round.

However, we are still a long way from final agreement over the new Sustainable Development Goals, and the proposed goals and targets are likely to go through several changes over the next few months. The next meeting of the Open Working Group takes place from 16 to 20 June, during which the current draft will be discussed and revised. The final goals and targets will be subject to a great deal of negotiation and bargaining between UN member states and it is still possible that the references to disability could be partially or completely removed.

Leonard Cheshire Disability will be watching the negotiation process carefully and we will do everything we can to make sure that people with disabilities are no longer left behind in international development. A strong emphasis on disability in the Sustainable Development Goals is an essential part of making this happen.

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