Uganda and other countries have volunteered to be scrutinised at the United Nations, to check whether they are ready to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the overarching principle of 'leave no one behind'. How is Uganda doing? Here's what civil society thinks.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention. On 15 June, nine new representitves were elected. We congratulate them and we're sure they'll do a great job in monitoring the implementation of the Convention. Unfortunately, out of 18 members, only one is a woman.
Polly Meeks from ADD International and her colleague Dr Marion Steff from Sightsavers, discuss why the implementation of the Sustainble Development Goals must include the excluded. And how.
ADD International is very happy to be co-sponsoring this side-event at the Commission for Social Development at the UN, on 4 February. The event highlights the importance of civil society – and in particular persons with disabilities, and other marginalised groups such as older people – in implementing the SDGs’ commitment to leave no one behind.
Access to clean water is essential for anyone to live a healthy and productive life, and is a priority to lift people out of poverty. However, many are still excluded. Accessible water and toilet facility that can be used comfortably, sanitarily and with dignity by people with physical and sensory impairments aren't widely available, and this is detrimental for the whole society.
Although the signs are good, how can we really ensure the Goals’ ambitions to leave no one behind are turned into action? The UN will shortly unveil the statistical framework used to measure progress against the goals, and we need to ensure we don't make the same mistakes the MDGs have made.
This September world leaders will meet in New York to adopt new global goals. These goals have the potential to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. Join us on 24 September as thousands around the world call on leaders to light the way to a better future for people and planet.
Evidence suggests there are at least 8 million children living in institutions: 80% of these children have parents, but have been separated from them. Matthew from our Team in Tanzania went to the annual IDDC meeting in Brussels, to show that an alternative is possible.
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS), held in Geneva, Switzerland, represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’. Our team was there, speaking up for the rights of disabled people. Polly reports back from Geneva.
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