Side event on disability being discussed at RIO+20

May 9, 2012
Source: UN Enable

Including disability in the outcome document of Rio+20

The Rio+20 Conference has been organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg. The Rio+20 Conference will seek to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress to date and identify the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, as well as address new and emerging issues. Currently the draft outcome document being negotiated has direct references to disability and persons with disabilities in three areas: inclusion in major groups, inclusion in green economy policies and access to quality education. SCRPD/DESA, currently discussing a possible a disability-related side-event to the Conference along with the Government of Brazil and other stakeholders, has prepared an information brief that provides more options for the inclusion of disability in the Rio+20 Outcome Document. Download a copy of the brief at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/information_brief_rio+20.doc.