Persons with disabilities must be at the decision-making table and across countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) - from poverty eradication, to health, education, and climate action.
That’s the message
from UN Secretary-General António Guterres
to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
, observed on 3 December.
The 17 SDGs were adopted by world leaders in 2015 and have a 2030 deadline.
Mr. Guterres said achieving the goals requires living up to the promise to leave no one behind, especially the 1.3 billion persons with disabilities worldwide.
However, they continue to face systemic discrimination and barriers that restrict their meaningful inclusion in all areas of society.
“Truly sustainable development for persons with disabilities requires a laser-like focus on their needs and rights — not only as beneficiaries, but as active contributors across social, economic and political life,” he said.
The UN chief urged everyone “to work side-by-side with persons with disabilities to design and deliver solutions based on equal rights in every country and community.”