Building an Inclusive and Effective Path for Civil Society Engagement in the HLPF
Friday, 9 July 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (NY Time)
Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development
This year’s High-level Political Forum theme on recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on nine of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, and 17), emphasizing inclusivity, is an important opportunity to create a more equitable world for persons with disabilities.
The Covid-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis, it is a crisis of economies and of social justice. Persons with disabilities are disproportionately negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as by discriminatory healthcare systems and policies. Persons with disabilities faced barriers to their equal to access services, information, education, and employment before the pandemic. These barriers have only been magnified.
The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities highlights the urgency of ensuring no one is left behind. Persons with disabilities have rights on an equal basis with others, and their access to social protection, health care, food, employment and justice, along with many other facets of the Goals currently under review, cannot be ignored in the context of the pandemic and beyond. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, persons with disabilities cannot be left behind.
Share ways of working and lessons learned through engagement with the High-level Political Forum, exploring current challenges and future opportunities.
Jose Viera, Executive Director, World Blind Union, Chair, Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities