In the evening of August 2nd, at the UN in New York, the “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was agreed to by consensus. It is to be formally adopted in September at the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.
The document is a supremely ambitious and transformational vision in which poverty eradication in all forms and dimensions is the overarching priority and central imperative of the Agenda. This is not only essential for an inclusive society, but also to achieve sustainable development and to ensure a safe and prosperous planet.
One of the most crucially important new elements of the outcome document is that it has ensured an integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the sustainable development goals throughout the document. Member States pledged that no-one will be left behind and that the Agenda is to be people-centred. The document seeks to ensure, realize and protect the human rights of all.
The final document is very positive for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, containing 11 explicit references. Particularly strong is the paragraph on people who are vulnerable and must be empowered that references “persons with disabilities (of whom more than 80% live in poverty)” (para 23) putting persons with disabilities in the centre of poverty eradication throughout the Agenda.
Finally, Australia, Brazil and Ecuador included persons with disabilities in their closing and final post-2015 statements.
Elizabeth Lockwood has written an update on her blog for CBM: http://blog.cbm.org/post-2015-adopted-with-snapshot-in-sign/
The full text of the Agenda can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7891TRANSFORMING%20OUR%20WORLD.pdf