Join the Discussion on Disability Rights post-MDG's

November 12, 2012




Dear colleague,


Persons with disabilities were absent from the Millennium Declaration and have remained so throughout the Millennium Development Goals processes: 

according to the UN System Task Team report on the post-2015 agenda, the MDGs 

have not reached the poorest and most marginalized people.   To ensure that 

inequalities are addressed in the post-2015 agenda, the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities (co-led by UNICEF and UN Women) is holding a series of online, moderated discussions to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on what the post-2015 development agenda should look like.


As the co-convenors of the global thematic consultation on Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we are very pleased to invite you to join this global conversation, co-moderated by UNICEF and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) a network of global and regional organizations of persons with disabilities.


The discussion will take place online from 14 November to 5 December.


How can I participate?


This is your invitation to join the global consultation:


Please click the link and follow the instructions to register.  To participate, post your response in the discussion forum, starting from 14 November.

The site is available in English, French and Spanish. You are invited to post 

your comments in any of the sixty languages supported by Google Translate.  

If you are unable to access the site, please email your response to:


The discussion will be co-moderated by Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Lieve Sabbe, Programme Specialist on Children with Disabilities at UNICEF.


To kick off the global conversation, we invite you to reflect on the following questions, among others:


1.            What are the most alarming inequalities facing persons persons - children, 

adolescents, adults, both women and men - with disabilities? When and where are these challenges occurring? What evidence exists to support your answer?


2.            What are the major factors that are contributing to these inequalities? 

(factors may include a whole range of possibilities, from attitudes and culture through to legal or physical barriers).


The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on ‘Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’, to be presented at a high-level meeting in February 2013 in Copenhagen. The report will also be transmitted to the High-level Panel on Post-2015, appointed by the UN Secretary-General.


The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from academia, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, private sector, governments and the UN System. We invite you to join us in envisioning a world where freedom from discrimination enables persons with disabilities, wherever they live, to contribute their full potential to the development of their societies.


We look forward to hearing from you on how to realize the Future We Want for All.


Warm regards,


Vladimir Cuk, International Disability Alliance (IDA) Rosangela Berman Bieler, Chief, Disability Section, Programme Division, UNICEF Co-Convenors of the discussion on Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda


Saraswathi Menon; Director of Policy Division; UN Women Richard Morgan; Senior Advisor, Post-2015 Development Agenda; UNICEF Co-Convenors of the Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities