ADD at the Sustainable Development Summit

New York City

Today, our Director of Policy and Influencing, Mosharraf Hossain, will be speaking at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, marking a historic moment: the inclusion of disabled people in the new Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals).

25.09.2015 by Virginia Tarozzi

Today, Mosharraf Hossain, Director of Policy and Influencing at ADD International, will address the UN Sustainable Development Summit, to mark the historic inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Whereas the Millennium Development Goals did not mention disability, the Sustainable Development Goals and targets refer to disability seven times, including in the sections on education, employment, reducing inequalities, inclusive cities, and improving data.

This is a crucial change: unless the rights of people with disabilities are brought into the mainstream of development work, the SDGs’ wider aims of ending extreme poverty and tackling inequality will remain out of reach.


The UN has selected 24 civil society representatives through an open competition to speak at the Summit and, in an unprecedented move, two will be persons with disabilities – Mosharraf (@mosh_hossain), and Maryanne Diamond (@MarianneDiamond), Chair of the International Disability Alliance.

In his speech, Mosharraf will reach out beyond the disability community, to all those who face marginalisation. His’s message will be:

"The success of the SDGs depends on ownership by, and participation of, marginalised people from the grassroots to global level, in SDG implementation and monitoring."

Mosharraf will be speaking from his direct experience: he was denied a job in the Bangladesh Civil Service due to his physical disability, but he successfully challenged this policy - and went on to promote the rights, dignity and participation of persons with disabilities both nationally and internationally.

How to see the event

The Summit will be transmitted live on the United Nations' website. You can see the livestream by visiting:

We expect Mosharraf to speak between 2-3pm in New York (aroun 7-8pm in the UK).

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Programme of the day (25 September 2015)

Please note, the schedule is in the Eastern Time Zone in the USA, i.e. 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5).

Keynote speaker during 25 September opening plenary

Mr. Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

25 September, 12:00-3:00pm - Ending Poverty and hunger

Ms. Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam International
Ms. Åsa Skogström Feldt - The Hunger Project
Mr. Mosharraf Hossain - ADD International

25 September, 3:00-6:00pm - Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind

Ms. Muna AbuSulayman - Directions Consulting
Ms. Maryanne Diamond - International Disability Alliance
Ms. Camilla Croso - Global Campaign for Education