Online consultation for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 & beyond
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Thank you for your interest in the online consultation to help with preparation of the HLMDD outcome document for the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD). The consultation took place over the period of one month, between 8 March and 5 April, 2013. Both UN DESA and UNICEF have been pleased and impressed with the discussion and many useful insights offered from around the world. Over 400 posts were received from over 60 countries. Full details of participation rates will be shared here next week. Over the coming weeks the moderators will review all contributions and synthesize them into a final report. When completed, the report will be available on this website, and will be carried forward to the HLMDD itself. Once again, thank you for your interest and your participation.
About the Consultation
As part of the preparatory process for the UN High-level Meeting on disability and development, an online consultation was held from 8 March - 5 April. In many countries gains made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have not been successful in reaching marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities. This clearly highlights the importance of taking inequality, discrimination and social exclusion more effectively into account both in the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs and in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs post-2015.
On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.
To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disabilities, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF held an online, moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to inform the High-level Meeting.
Building on the online discussion on ‘Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda’, held on this site in November (read the summary report here) these consultations aimed to look more deeply at the particular challenges faced in different regions, and identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society.
Simultaneous consultations took place in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese. The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, responses were accepted by email. Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore posts do not appear immediately but are posted within twenty-four hours.
The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the outcome document for the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD), in New York on 23 September 2013.
The consultation aimed to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from academia, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, private sector, governments and the UN System.