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UN member states agreement on the sustainable development goals

5 August 2015

International deafblind charity Sense International today (5 August) responded to the agreement  by the 193 member states of the United Nations on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.             

Advocacy and Policy Manager, Bailey Grey said: “Sense International welcomes the progress that has been made on the sustainable development goals and the commitment to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

“The current Millennium Development Goals, on which the Sustainable Development Goals are built, failed to improve the lives of persons with disabilities so this is a positive step in the right direction.

“We are particularly pleased to see a commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all, particularly as we know worldwide there are still 57 million primary-aged children out of school and it is estimated that at least one third of children out of school have a disability.

“The agenda also commits to the promotion of full and productive employment and decent work for people with disabilities. At Sense International we know that very few individuals with deafblindness get the chance to train in a vocation and secure work. We are therefore pleased that the UN has recognised the inherent dignity of these individuals.

“The new agenda agreed this week will help to ensure people with disabilities are no longer left behind. However, we would urge the UN to ensure specific targets are included for the disaggregation of data by disability, without this people with disabilities will continue to not be counted. Without reliable statistics it is very hard to make the case to governments and donors for the need to include people with disabilities in their plans and resource allocation and ultimately to ensure that the SDGs will be implemented for people with disabilities.”

Related link

Post-2015 Development Agenda on the UN website


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019