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WorldLeadersTV: RIGHTS for PERSONS with DISABILITIES to DECENT WORK & INCLUSION: U.N.



Publicado em 24/09/2013
WorldLeadersTV: RIGHTS for PERSONS with DISABILITIES to DECENT WORK & INCLUSION: U.N.

MaximsNewsNetwork: 23 September 2013: UNTV: United Nations, New York -- The rights of persons with disabilities must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials told world leaders today (23 September) at the United Nations in New York, urging them to adopt national and international policies that enhance and promote disability-inclusive development. Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development. However, no goal directly addresses the rights of persons with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities make up the largest minority in the world, with more than 1 billion people living with some form of disability. Eighty percent are of working age and the vast majority live in developing countries.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that "far too many people with disabilities live in poverty" adding that, "too many suffer from social exclusion. Too many are denied access to education, employment, health care, and social and legal support systems. Women and girls with disabilities often experience double discrimination -- and so we must emphasize the gender dimensions of a disability-inclusive development agenda."

Ban Ki-moon also underlined that persons with disabilities were an integral part in achieving the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before their deadline, and in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.

The Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes said that persons with disabilities still struggled with civil and political rights and to remember "equality before the law and full exercise of their legal capacity for all persons with disabilities."

Later, UN Goodwill Ambassador Stevie Wonder said that,"we have to have inclusion and everyone has to want everyone to join the same world of inclusion."

Six new UN postage stamps were unveiled to raise awareness about the work of the UN in ensuring the equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

World leaders are set to adopt a resolution calling for development that affords persons with disabilities opportunities for productive employment and decent work and access to basic social services. The meeting's outcome document, entitled 'The Way Forward: a disability-inclusive agenda towards 2015 and beyond' reaffirms countries' commitment to work together on this issue and support the aims of the CRPD.

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