7 June: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the SDGs

In September 2015, a new sustainable development agenda has been adopted by 193 world leaders to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity, while “leaving no one behind”.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enshrines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The 2030 Agenda along the SDGs are very inclusive of persons with disabilities, with disability mentioned 19 times on issues relative to data disaggregation, education, work, inequalities, accessibility justice and more. For the first time in history, Members States have clearly committed to improve the lives of persons with disabilities within a global agreement addressed to everyone. The moment is remarkable and the world, including the European Union (EU), has a critical role to play in successfully achieving the SDGs by 2030.

On 7 June 2017, the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF) will gather experts and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to talk about their role in realising the SDGs at the European level. We will also talk about the link between the SDGs and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

The event will be hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová, co-President of the Disability Intergroup, and it will moderated by EDF Director, Catherine Naughton.

The event will take place at 18.00-20.00 at the European Parliament in Brussels (room ASP 3G3) and it is open to all people. Should you need an access pass to the European Parliament, please send your full name, date of birth, nationality and ID number to Lucie Dobešová (olga.sehnalova-office@europarl.europa.eu) by Friday 26 May 2017.

Interpretation in International Sign Language and speech to text will be provided during the meeting.

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