Disability-inclusion is increasingly recognized as key to ensuring that no one is left behind in the sustainable development process. Towards the aim of achieving disability-inclusive societies, international and regional mandates promote both disability-specific and disability-mainstreamed government action.
In support of this twin-track approach, at the international level, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (Sendai Framework) guide governments toward disability-inclusive sustainable development.
At the regional level, the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (also known as the Incheon Strategy) was launched in late 2012 to chart the new course of action for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013–2022. Building on the CRPD, and the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action and Biwako Plus Five towards an Inclusive, Barrier-free and Rights-based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, the Incheon Strategy provides the first set of 10 regionally agreed disability-specific development goals, 27 targets and 62 indicators, enabling the region to track progress towards improving the quality of life, and the fulfilment of the rights, of the region’s 690 million persons with disabilities, most of whom live in poverty.
The Beijing Declaration, including the Action Plan to Accelerate the Implementation of the Incheon Strategy (also known as the Beijing Declaration and Action Plan), was adopted by member States of ESCAP at the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Midpoint Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013–2022, held in Beijing from 27 November to 1 December 2017. For each goal of the Incheon Strategy, the Beijing Declaration and Action Plan specifies a set of policy actions to be taken by Governments, civil society stakeholders and ESCAP. Both the Incheon Strategy and the Beijing Declaration and Action Plan provide Governments with strategic guidance in support of their endeavour towards the full and effective implementation of the Decade.
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