DESA Forum: Dialogue on the post-2015 Development Framework and Disability

July 30, 2013
Source: UN Enable

DESA, as the global focal point on disability issues of the UN system, organized its inaugural global forum to promote a dialogue on the post-2015 development framework and disability. The Forum held at UN Headquarters from 19 to 20 July, immediately following the closing of the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties, worked to contribute to on-going discussions toward a post-2015 UN development framework through exchange of experiences and ideas for disability-inclusive development.

Discussions covered the post-2015 development frameworks and specifically focused on: disaster risk reduction and disability inclusion; and accessibility for sustainable and equitable development for all: transportation, infrastructure and access to basic public services.
 
The Forum consisted of two interactive panels and a dialogue presided by H.E. Ambassador Dejan Sahovic, Deputy Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the President of the General Assembly.

The Forum contributed to an energetic and robust exchange of experiences and ideas on inclusion of the disability perspective in development. The Forum worked to expand networks of Member States, experts and civil society and academic organizations, as well as informal networks of practitioners on specific development issues. DESA will be working to strengthen partnerships with and among participants to continue dialogue and action towards a disability-inclusive post-2015 international development agenda.  

The Forum was sponsored by the Governments of Brazil, Kenya, Philippines and Thailand, and the World Bank, Disabled People's International (DPI), the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and Rehabilitation International (RI).

Further details and presentations are available at: www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1611.