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People With Disabilities Must Be Included In SDG Monitoring Framework

Devex: U.N. SDG process indicates exclusion is set to continue
Dominic Haslam, director of program and policy strategy at Sightsavers

“…The SDGs are a huge opportunity to address some of the most urgent questions of inequality, to take a step forward in progressive realization of human rights, and to protect our shared global environment. At Sightsavers we’re committed to continuing our global action toward the full and meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in the SDGs. We look forward to working alongside [the U.N. Statistical Commission’s Inter-Agency Expert Group (IAEG)] and U.N. Statistical Commission members to ensure this happens throughout the monitoring framework. The mantra of leave no one behind is a powerful and unifying one. It is imperative that the discussions on indicators lead to a far more inclusive review and follow-up mechanism than currently looks like being the case. If not, yet again, the mantra will need to be followed by a caveat — except people with disabilities” (7/1).

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