The objective of this paper is to provide guidance to national Governments on the role disability policies and strategies can play to ensure progress toward inclusive development and the realization of the Incheon Strategy goals and the broader Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals have recognized the need to leave no one behind. Yet without policies and strategies that focus explicitly on ways to promote inclusion, there is a real risk that persons with disabilities will be excluded from the benefits of national development plans and actions.
This paper describes the functions of policies and strategies, bearing in mind the frame provided by international law, and in particular the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The paper presents an overview of the main elements of national disabilities policies and strategies.