Disability and rehabilitation

UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

As discussions regarding the post-2015 Development Agenda gain momentum, the international community has a critical opportunity to ensure the inclusion of disability in the emerging global sustainable development agenda. On 23 September the United Nations General Assembly convened a High-level Meeting on Disability and Development at the level of Heads of State and Government, with the overarching theme "The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond."

The High-level Meeting resulted in an action-oriented outcome document in support of the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was an opportunity for the world leaders to take decisions towards improving the health, well-being and inclusion of people with disability.

WHO's contribution

WHO was actively involved in supporting preparations for the High-Level Meeting to ensure that it is a success.

WHO has supported regional consultations held in Belgium, Brazil, Thailand and Tunisia in preparation of a draft outcome document; hosted a technical briefing during the 66th World Health Assembly entitled "Preparing for the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development: The Health Sector's Contribution"; and provided technical input to various background documents.

In addition, the WHO and World Bank World report on disability and its recommendations were seen as a key resource for this process. WHO has also recently released an infographic on better health for people with disabilities.