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Viet Nam at UN High-level Meeting: Global Development Goals Must Include Persons with Disabilities

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Crystal and Stevie Wonder meet in side event at High-Level meeting Countries to call for actions that enable persons with disabilities to be fully included in education, health and employment opportunities

Ha Noi, 24 September - World leaders gathered together at a High-level Meeting on Disability and Development in New York on 23 September to consider and adopt a resolution that calls for disability-inclusive development - development that affords persons with disabilities opportunities for obtaining full and productive employment and decent work and access to basic social services.

In the proposed outcome document for the Meeting, “The Way Forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond,” which has already been negotiated and will be submitted to Member States for adoption, countries reaffirm their resolve to work together for the advancement of the rights of all persons with disabilities, which are deeply rooted in the goals of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It is estimated that 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, live with a disability, 80 per cent of whom live in developing countries. Recognizing that the rights of the world’s persons with disabilities have “yet to be fully translated into the inclusion of disability in internationally agreed development goals,” the outcome document stresses the importance of ensuring accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development and of giving due consideration to all persons with disabilities in the emerging post-2015 United Nations development agenda.

In addition to world leaders, the High-level Meeting will also include over 800 representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities.  Stevie Wonder, who is a UN Messenger of Peace advocating on disability issues, will address the opening of the Meeting.

Viet Nam has been carrying out the groundwork necessary to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities early next year. The large number of persons with disabilities in Viet Nam makes it an issue high on the national agenda.  

A recent analysis from Viet Nam Household Living Standards Survey based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) suggests that as many as 15.3 percent of Viet Nam’s population living with disability. One of them, 16 year old Nguyen Phuong Anh, well known throughout Viet Nam as ‘Crystal’ from her success on Viet Nam's Got Talent, will participate in several UN disability-related activities in New York to mark the historic occasion of this meeting.

“I am beyond honored to be at this UN high level meeting and related events. Of one thing I am certain, that I will do my best to use my voice to speak up for young people with disabilities. I want people to know that we – people with disabilities – have abilities, and our potential should always be seen before the disability” said Phuong Anh.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “A world that recognizes the rights of the disabled, ensures that people with disabilities can be productive members of their communities and nations, and provides an inclusive and accessible environment, is a world that will benefit all of us -- with or without disabilities.”

He added that, while several States have taken major steps to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “for too many persons with disabilities, stigma, discrimination and exclusion remain a fact of everyday life.” The challenge of the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, he said, “is to energize the international community to move from commitment to action.  As we strive to accelerate our work for the Millennium Development Goals, and as we consider the post-2015 development framework, greater recognition must be given to the issue of disability in sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.”

“Disability inclusive development is not a luxury nor a privilege,” said General Assembly President John Ashe. “It is a right that all human kind must embrace."

The outcome document calls for the further engagement of Member States, the United Nations and all its agencies, and the Secretary-General to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities towards 2015 and beyond.  It also encourages the international community “to seize every opportunity to include disability” in the global development agenda and to give due consideration to disability in the emerging post 2015 UN development agenda.  

For further information, please read the full text of the outcome document, additional information on the High-level Meeting and background information on the High-level Meeting or contact Dan Shepard, UN Department of Public Information, 1 212 963-9495, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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