Realizing the SDGs in European development aid

In September 2015, a new sustainable development agenda has been adopted by world leaders to end povertyprotect the planet and ensure prosperity. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enshrines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

Persons with disabilities are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, where careful consideration has been given to ensure “no one is left behind” with the importance of promoting universal respect of human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination.

The project ‘Inclusion in European Union (EU)’s Development Cooperation’ uses and reinforces EDF’s advocacy platform to influence the EU approach to the SDGs. It builds the capacity of persons with disabilities to advocate to the EU and to their respective national governments and regional organisations for the full implementation and monitoring of disability-inclusive SDGs. 


The long-term goal of the project is the following: the EU and its member states’ approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Specific outcomes

In particular, the project aims that:

  1. EU disability policies and plans for implementation of the CRPD refer to the SDGs;
  2. EU policies and programmes on SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and aligned with the CRPD;
  3. The EU commits to collecting data disaggregated by disability in the context of the SDGs;
  4. Policy dialogues on SDGs implementation both at the European and national levels include the voice and participation of persons with disabilities.

More information about EDF’s work on the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs is available here