The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted on 25 September in the United Nations headquarters in New York. The new Agenda emphasises the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities as one of the keys to end poverty and discrimination.
UN members agreed on 17 goals to be reached by 2030:
- to stop poverty and hunger,
- to ensure access to healthcare, education, clean water, clean ways of getting rid of waste, energy or power by a sustainable system, and employment opportunities,
- to achieve full gender equality,
- to reduce inequalities in the world and to make it safer and more inclusive,
- to balance the opportunities for everyone, focus on groups such as people with disabilities,
- to stop climate change while taking care of our natural resources and,
- to promote peace, justice and equality.
By promoting and protecting human rights, the UN aims to change the reality of all people. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the most inclusive for persons with disabilities ever. The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) was very much present during the summit for the Agenda´s adoption. Several DPO´s such as ADD and IDA expressed that the new SDGs must be based also on the UNCRPD.
The 17 SDGs replace the “Millennium Development Goals”, launched in 2000 in order to progress on poverty, education, health, hunger and environment.. In the last 20 years, global mortality of children and the number of people living in extreme poverty fell by almost half . Inequality has also been reduced as the number of people in the working class and middle class has almost tripled.
However, millions of people still live in poverty and hunger, without access to basic services such as healthcare and education. The world is not yet fair enough for a big part of the population, because of that, we need the new Development Goals for 2030.