Times are changing: It's not just about benefiting, but contributing to development.


“Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them,” Ms. Devandas Aguilar noted during the presentation of her report* on disability-inclusive policies. “In the end, it is persons with disabilities who are determining if a policy is inclusive– not the other way around.”
The report provides clear guidance aimed to prepare States and other international actors to design their policies with persons with disabilities in mind and to respond with new ways to the commitment of leaving no one behind.

In that regard, the report focuses on practical recommendations in respect to each of the three essential components against which the inclusiveness of a policy should be assessed: non-discrimination, accessibility and support service requirement. 

“The delivery of disability specific support and affordable assistive devices is perhaps one of the biggest challenges, in both developed and developing countries, but at the same time an essential precondition if we are really aiming at achieving equality in practice,” Ms. Devandas Aguilar said.
“Action and full cooperation will be required from a broad range of actors,” the Special Rapporteur underlined. “However, representative organisations of persons with disabilities need to be closely consulted in all policy development and implementation processes, whether disability-specific or mainstream.”

The new report to the UN General Assembly points at the dual nature of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which is a human rights instrument but also a development tool.
“Human rights and development are inextricably linked, whereas the Convention can offer normative guidance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals can propel unprecedented progress in implementing human rights on the ground,” the independent expert said.

“This is an exceptional time when new policies and reforms aimed at aligning national frameworks to the global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are gaining traction,” she stated. 
“We need to use this critical opportunity to address inclusion of persons with disabilities at the core of development policies. Times are changing ... No more excuses!” the UN Special Rapporteur appealed, expressing particular concern at the inequality experienced by persons with disabilities worldwide.

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Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión

A tres años de su designación, Catalina Devandas está comenzando su segundo y último período como Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Para conmemorar la ocasión, su equipo elaboró un resumen de lo acontecido hasta el día de hoy, centrándose en las prioridades y estrategias que se establecieron al inicio del mandato, y el progreso realizado.

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