Sustainable Development Agenda 2030: Spotlight on Disability

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted in September 2015 by the member states of the United Nations. The new Agenda came into effect on 1 January 2016 and will define and guide global development for the next 15 years. Its principle of universality means that all states commit themselves to implement the Agenda, including in their national contexts and international cooperation.

The new Agenda includes several important references to disability, including in the goals and targets on education, employment, reduced inequality, sustainable cities and communities, and data collection. In the course of implementation and reporting of the Agenda, governments and all other stakeholders have to respect and truly live disability inclusion in the design, implementation, and review of all Sustainable Development programmes. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important compass to ensure accessibility and inclusion in all programmes.