Ensuring that no one is left behind

29 March 2017

Including disability in the EU’s indicators on Sustainable Development Goals

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On 30 March 2017, the European Union (EU) presented its draft indicators measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the European level. EDF was invited to the event to bring the perspective of persons with disabilities. We drew attention on the importance of leaving no person with disability behind and on having concrete indicators on disability.

The European Union (EU) has been preparing indicators to measure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The draft document of the EU indicators will be presented during an event tomorrow in Brussels, by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. However, Eurostat has overlooked persons with disabilities in its latest indicators draft; in fact, all the indicators on disability that were agreed in the SDGs at global level have been removed. That means that disability won’t be necessarily taken into consideration when the EU and its Member States will report on the work they have done on the SDGs.

There is an opportunity to ensure this gap is filled and for the EU to successfully include disability related indicators in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (UN CRPD). In fact, the European Commission has a legal obligation under the CRPD to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities. The European Commission is also legally bound to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy full equality under the law.  Eurostat has also the technical capacity to measure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in its approach to the SDGs.

EDF issued a position paper to outline why and how this could be done.  We are calling on the EU:

  • To systematically disaggregate data by disability;
  • To bring back the references on disability in the EU indicators on SDGs, as it was in the UN global indicators;
  • To lead in the application of the obligations under the UN CRPD in the context of the SDGs;
  • To ensure the participation of persons with disabilities throughout the process.

Read EDF’s full position on the EU indicators on the SDGs here

Background information

In September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is an agreement among the UN Member States to implement 17 goals which will need to be reached by 2030. The overall aim of the 2030 Agenda is to leave no one behind including persons with disabilities. 

One of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda is that the UN Member States reach 17 goals to fight poverty and social exclusion, the so-called “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The SDGs are an exceptional platform to fight poverty and social exclusion. It is also an opportunity for the EU to “develop a human rights-based indicators system in cooperation with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations”. This was one of the important human rights recommendations of the United Nations to the EU.

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