Disabilities and rehabilitation

First draft of outcome document from High-level Meeting on Disability and Development released ahead of negotiations

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 will convene 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 will result 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). The first draft of the outcome document is based on the input gathered through months of extensive consultations: regional, targeted and web-based.

Co-facilitators Spain and the Philippines will hold meetings to negotiate the first draft of the outcome document at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA. On 17, 19 and 21 June, the co-facilitators plan to carry out informal consultations in which representatives of disabled people's organizations (DPOs) are encouraged to take part. On 24, 26 and 28 June, formal intergovernmental negotiations will take place with representatives of Member States only.

WHO is 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 on the 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 are seen as a key resource for this process. WHO has also recently released an infographic on better health care for people with disabilities.

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