UN ENABLESeptember 2015: The Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has highlighted references to disability contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN Member States at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.

On its website, titled UN Enable, the Secretariat highlights Goal 10 on inequality, as well as disability references in Goal 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education, Goal 8 on sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, Goal 11 on inclusive, safe and sustainable cities, and Goal 17 on the Global Partnership, which underlines the importance of disaggregated data for monitoring achievement of the SDGs. UN Enable also provides an infographic showing the SDGs’ references to disability.

UN Enable also reports on statements by civil society groups representing the rights of persons with disabilities, as they hailed the SDGs’ adoption. Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance (IDA), welcomed the adoption of Goal 10 on overcoming inequality, saying the CRPD could serve as a guiding document for the Goal’s implementation. Mosharraf Hossain, ADD International, called on Member States to engage persons with disabilities in setting regional and national targets under the SDGs, and to ensure they are involved in all decisions affecting their lives.

UN Enable is managed by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DPSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). [UN Enable Webpage on SDGs] [Infographic]