Outcome document for sustainable development goals agreed by UN member states

5 August 2015

We're pleased to see that real progress has been made on the sustainable development goals. This week, the 193 member states of the United Nations agreed Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — 17 goals and 169 targets — will be adopted by heads of states when they meet in New York this September.

It is particularly pleasing to see there is now the commitment to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

Furthermore, the focus is on developing and building inclusive and equitable education systems, ensuring equal access for people with disabilities. This can only be a positive thing for the future education of disabled people.

The agenda also commits to create full and productive employment and decent work for people with disabilities.

But perhaps just as significant is the commitment to empower and promote social, economic and political inclusion for all — irrespective of disability — by 2030. This could have a profound impact on the lives of disabled people across the globe.

‘The sustainable development goal targets agreed this week ensure people with disabilities will not be left behind in the new development agenda, something we have been campaigning towards for many years.

‘Until now, the one billion people with disabilities have frequently been left out of development programmes. We welcome this new agenda to create just and inclusive societies, which will leave no-one behind.’ — Tiziana Oliva, international director, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Read our ambitious five-year international strategy which details how we plan to work within the post-2015 development agenda.

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