Disability Convention: Support the creation of an ‘inclusive, accessible and sustainable world’
The way forward
He described the progress made by the Disability Convention as “comprehensive, rapid and tangible”.
“Since its adoption in 2006, with the 185 ratings of the Convention, the international community’s commitment to an inclusive, accessible and sustainable world for all has become apparent.”
The Secretary-General noted that 92 percent of the countries concerned have adopted national disability laws, more than 60 percent have taken action to prevent labor market discrimination, and about 90 percent have passed laws to protect the right to education of children with disabilities. , And the percentage of countries that include school materials for students with disabilities has more than doubled.
The UN chief said that unfortunately, Covid-19 The epidemic has reversed progress, exposing existing inequalities and creating new threats.
He said, “Even before the epidemic, people with disabilities were less likely to have access to education, health care and livelihood … [और] When on communities Covid-19 People with disabilities were the worst affected. ”
The Secretary-General stated that this is also true for armed conflicts, “People with disabilities are often unable to flee violence and do not receive adequate humanitarian assistance.”
He reminded that along with the convention Proposal 2475 Called on member states to ensure equal protection of persons with disabilities and to provide safe, timely and uninterrupted access to humanitarian assistance, and urged countries to “fulfill these obligations”.
The road ahead is difficult
UN Secretary General Fifteen years after the adoption of the Convention, Antonio Guterres highlighted the “three important dimensions” for moving forward, beginning with the use of technology to increase inclusion.
He said, “Adopting the promise of technology means bridging the digital gap; Expanding access and inclusion; And to give people better protection to deal with its dangers. ”
Second, to promote economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in order to advance the participation of persons with disabilities through equality in the labor market.
Finally, he called for further action on climate change.
“During storms, tsunamis and other natural disasters, people with disabilities are two to four times more likely to die,” he said.
‘Cornerstone’ of cooperation
The UN chief emphasized the need for broader cooperation between governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector in these three priorities.
The Secretary-General said, “But its cornerstone must be … the active participation of persons with disabilities, including full diversity, and their full inclusion in all decision-making processes.”
“We need the leadership of people with disabilities, especially women and their representative organizations.”
He said the action needed to go beyond the “clear and urgent call” of people with disabilities themselves – meaning “without us, no decision about us.”
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Lead by example
The Secretary General himself is committed to lead by setting an example and reminded that United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy Is in its third year of implementation, providing a “solid framework” for broadening inclusion.
He said, “From the headquarters to the action areas, we are keeping a close eye on what solutions we are finding in our programs and internal operations, disability inclusion and accessibility.”
“Through our Strategic Roadmap, we are incorporating disability inclusion in humanitarian, peace and security operations,” he said.
He called on the United Nations to assist in the collection of data on persons with disabilities, cooperation in the implementation of the Convention and 2030 Development Agenda Is working closely with governments to achieve this.
At the same time, the Secretary-General hopes that by improving physical and digital access to the United Nations offices and establishing accessible working systems, the UN will be able to become a “preferred field of work for persons with disabilities.”
Accelerate work after the epidemic: Shahid
The President of the General Assembly, Abdullah Shahid, in his video message, reminded that the theme of the conference is: “Kovid context and then building a disability-inclusive and participatory society.”
He elaborated on “how badly people with disabilities were affected by the epidemic due to loss of employment, non-inclusive social security systems and inadequate support technologies.”
The Speaker of the General Assembly urged the international community to incorporate the “vision of one billion people living with disabilities” into the policy design and implementation of the post-Covid rehabilitation agenda.