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Unidad, Desarrollo, Paz y Esperanza en América Latina y el Caribe

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RIADIS, la Red Latinoamericana de Organizaciones no gubernamentales de Personas con Discapacidad y sus familias, tuvo la VI Conferencia Latinoamericana de RIADIS del 13 al 17 de marzo en la Habana, Cuba. El tema era “Latinoamerica Inclusiva en Unidad, Desarrollo, Paz y Esperanza” con un Congreso Internacional, la Asamblea General de RIADIS y eventos paralelos de los Jóvenes con Discapacidad y Personas Indigenos de Discapacidad. RIADIS se fundó en 2002 en Venezuela y tiene 55 OPD en 15 países en América Latina y el Caribe, muchos de los cuales estaban en la conferencia con aproximadamente 250 participantes. La conferencia tuvo un Congreso Internacional, una Asemblea General y eventos paralelos que se centraron en juventud con discapacidad y personas indígenas con discapacidad. También, comisiones sobre personas indígenas, juventud y mujeres con discapacidad se fundieron durante la conferencia.

El objetivo principal de la conferencia era “continuar avanzando en América Latina y el Caribe en la inclusión efectiva de las personas con discapacidad, desde el trabajo unido y coordinado entre las organizaciones, los gobiernos y otros actores claves en la región, usando la CDPD, los ODS y otras herramientas de monitoreo de Derechos Humanos.” La Convención Internacional sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD) y la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible alineado con los temas “nada sobre nosotros sin nosotros” y “nadie se quede atrás.”

Alt="Presentación del panel en la conferencia"

Presentación del panel en la conferencia

Fue un honor presentar en la conferencia regional por CBM. Pude participar de diferentes maneras. Presenté dos veces durante El Congreso Internacional, fui observadora oficial de CBM durante la Asemblea General y di apoyo como intérprete de lengua de señas y español.

En la primera sesión presenté con Victor Baute de Venezuela sobre “Una mirada a la Agenda 2030 desde la perspectiva de la CDPD, y BRIDGE en América Latina.” La presentación realzó los talleres que pasaron con IDA y IDDC (Panamá) y CBM (Perú), pero al mismo tiempo hablé de la importancia y necesidad de tener más capacidad y talleres regionales para las OPD sobre la Convención, la Agenda 2030 y BRIDGE.

Alt="Intérpretes de la Lengua de Señas de la conferencia de RIADIS"

Intérpretes de la Lengua de Señas de la conferencia de RIADIS

Además, presenté el trabajo de CBM en América Latina y el Caribe. Específicamente, CBM tiene 50 proyectos en 11 países en la región. En Centro América, tenemos proyectos en Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua; en el Caribe tenemos proyectos en Cuba y Haití; y en Sur de América tenemos proyectos en Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay y Perú. Aunque trabajamos en 11 países, los países prioritarios son Bolivia, Guatemala y Haití.

Los siguientes son dos ejemplos de proyectos de CBM en la región. En primer lugar, en respuesta al huracán Matthew, CBM suministró agua a las comunidades afectadas por el huracán en el este de Cuba. En segundo lugar, CBM apoyó un proyecto de recopilación de datos sobre la prevalencia de las personas con discapacidad en Guatemala. CBM, CONADI (Consejo Nacional de la Discapacidad de Guatemala) y UNICEF Guatemala fueron financiadores de proyectos con la London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine brindando asistencia técnica. El grupo de Washington sobre Estadísticas de Discapacidad amplió el conjunto de preguntas para adultos y el grupo de UNICEF / Grupo de Washington amplió el conjunto de preguntas para los niños se utilizaron con más de 13.000 participantes. Haga clic aquí para leer más sobre la encuesta. Para terminar, me emocionó mucho la cálida bienvenida del pueblo cubano y de los participantes. Estoy muy agradecida de volver a trabajar en esta región y de conectar nuestro trabajo global a nivel local, nacional y regional.

Agenda 2030: a look ahead

With the New Year upon us, it’s time to look ahead to the next steps for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level. For details on a look back at the path toward the adoption of Agenda 2030, read here.

Agenda 2030 was adopted by the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on 25 September 2015, but the road map of global follow-up and review continues to be developed. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the main mechanism for the global follow-up and review of Agenda 2030. Soon key documents focusing on the global follow-up and review of the Agenda will be released, including:

  • The modalities of the HLPF (how the HLPF will be structured), which include important information such as, the annual theme, pilot countries, and how stakeholders can participate in the HLPF.
  • Reports from regional commissions, which are due in May 2016 and will feed into the HLPF.
  • The Secretary-General will release a report in the beginning of January with recommendations for a coherent UN action plan for the implementation of Agenda 2030. In addition, co-facilitators will be announced to coordinate a system-wide UN reform in line with Agenda 2030.
  • The President of the General Assembly will host High-Level Meetings in 2016 and a critical meeting will take place on 11-12 April focusing on the implementation of the SDGs and assessing the process up to that point.

Global SDG Indicators

The development of the global SDG indicators is an on-going process. Some key dates include:

  • The updated global indicator report will be released in the beginning of January. Subsequently, the report will be introduced in March at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission with some time dedicated to discuss the overall approach of the report. Afterward, the report will be adopted by ECOSOC followed by the General Assembly.
  • In mid-January the IAEG-SDG members will discuss the “grey” indicators and in the following month or so this will become a background document for statistical commissions as well as an additional document attached to the final global indicator report.
  • The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission will take place on 8-11 March 2016 at the UN in NY with a focus on the theme of “Better Data, Better Lives.”
  • The provisional agenda of the 47th Session has been released with a paragraph on disability statistics (4, e). Click here for details.
  • The IAEG-SDG group will have its third meeting during the third week of March 2016 following the 47th Statistical Commission. The group will discuss disaggregation of data and devise a work plan on related technical aspects.

With the implementation of the Agenda kicking off in January, persons with disabilities must continue to be actively included and active participants in the processes at all levels. As such, it is important to:

  • Push for the disaggregation of data by disability (in line with international standards) in national surveys to be used for the implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2030.
  • Create linkages between implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2030 in the global, regional, national, and local contexts with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) as the guiding framework. This is especially important since the UNCRPD is legally binding and Agenda 2030 is voluntary.
  • Collaborate as networks, coalitions, alliances, and partners with unified messages and objectives.
  • Support persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to participate and be included in all relevant implementation processes. Particularly, it is important to include persons with disabilities (all disabilities) from the global South, as well as women, children, youth, older, Indigenous, and other marginalized persons with disabilities to be actively represented.

Happy New Year!

 

Agenda 2030: a look back and looking ahead

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted (on 25 September), it is good to reflect and look back on the process and look ahead to the next steps, particularly in the context of the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Agenda 2030 versus the SDGs

First, I’d like to clarify Agenda 2030 versus the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Agenda 2030 – adopted by the UN General Assembly in September – is a substantive 35-page document containing five major sections (one of which includes the SDGs and targets). The sections of Agenda 2030 include: (1) Preamble, (2) Declaration, (3) Sustainable Development Goals and targets, (4) Means of implementation and the Global Partnership, and (5) Follow-up and review. All the components are important, as they are interlinked, yet the SDGs are the main tool for monitoring and implementation, and are particularly important at the national and regional levels. Additionally, the SDGs are important for persons with disabilities as they contain seven explicit references to persons with disabilities.

The SDGs versus the MDGs

The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight goals agreed in 2000 to end extreme poverty by 2015. The MDGs have had a tremendous effect on the collaboration and prioritization of development work in developing countries over the last 15 years. Yet, persons with disabilities were not referenced in the MDGs and consequently excluded from many development programs and funding streams. The SDGs and inclusion of persons with disabilities now provide an avenue for disability-inclusive development

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Adopted in 2000 and end in 2015 Adopted in 2015 and end in 2030
Focus on developing countries Focus on all countries
To reduce extreme poverty To eradicate poverty in all its forms of sustainable development: economic (prosperity), social (people), and environmental (planet)
8 goals and 18 targets with 48 indicators 17 goals and 169 targets with 224 proposed indicators
No references to persons with disabilities 7 references in SDGs: education (2), employment, reducing inequalities, inclusive cities (2), disaggregation of data by disability [11 in Agenda 2030; 5 in indicators]

Looking back

The road to Agenda 2030 began in 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in which one of the outcomes was an agreement by Member States to create a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Subsequently, on January 22, 2013 the UN General Assembly called for the establishment of the Open Working Group by decision 67/555. The 30-member Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) was tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs. Importantly the OWG opened the doors for civil society participation at an unprecedented level.

The OWG sessions ran from March 2013 until July 2014. The early sessions (March to June 2013) covered assessment and knowledge building, and following (November 2013 to February 2014), thematic discussions took place. The final sessions (March to July 2014) centered on debate, discussion, and finalization of the OWG report. The Report of the OWG was agreed by acclamation on July 19, 2014, which contained the SDGs.

Following the lengthy OWG process, the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations took place from January 19 to August 2, 2015 with all Member States and thus more comprehensive. The SDGs were not re-opened for negotiations. On August 2, 2015 “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was agreed by consensus by Member States, this document, with minor changes, became the final document (Agenda 2030) officially adopted in September.

Looking ahead

Positively, persons with disabilities are strongly included in Agenda 2030 with 11 references, seven of which are in the SDGs. Read here for details. Currently, persons with disabilities are also included in four proposed global indicators: (1) Poverty Eradication Indicator 1.3.1, (2) Employment Indicator 8.5.2, (3) Education Indicator 4.5.1, and (4) Peaceful and Inclusive Societies Indicator 16.7.1. Furthermore, the chapeau (introduction) of the final IAEG Report will contain statement on disaggregation of data that includes disability: “SDG indicators should be disaggregated where relevant by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics, in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.” For additional details, read more here.

Now the focus of implementation must turn to national and regional contexts. Ministries and government will begin to focus on and implement the SDGs, especially those they consider national priority areas. Consequently, to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in this process, it is important to:

  • Push for the disaggregation of data by disability (in line with international standards) in national surveys to be used for the implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2030.
  • Create linkages between implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2030 in the global, regional, national, and local contexts linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This is key as the UNCRPD is legally binding and Agenda 2030 is voluntary.
  • Support DPOs and persons with disabilities as leaders and active participants in implementation and monitoring.
  • Identify key strategic partners for lobbying local and national governments.
  • Work as a networks, coalitions, and alliances with a unified message.

It is time to learn from our partners at regional, national, and local levels, as Agenda 2030 now will center on these areas. We must link the global processes to all levels and ensure that information is shared both ways.

Stay tuned in the next months for updates on the roadmap of the global implementation of Agenda 2030.

Related Blogs

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Agenda 2030 and Persons with Disabilities: A Closer Look

 

Update on global SDG indicators

The Inter-Agency Strategy Group (IAEG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held its second meeting from 26-28 October in Bangkok at the United Nations Conference Centre to work on finalising the global SDG indicators for Agenda 2030. Click here for details on the proposed indicators.

Currently there are 224 global SDG indicators proposed, of which 159 are mostly agreed (green) and 65 that need further discussion (grey). Persons with disabilities and/or disability are included in four green/approved indicators, including: (1) Poverty Eradication Indicator 1.3.1, (2) Employment Indicator 8.5.2, (3) Education Indicator 4.5.1, and (4) Peaceful and Inclusive Societies Indicator 16.7.1. Possible indicators that could include disability after consultation include: (1) WASH Indicator 6.1.1 and (2) Inclusive Cities Indicator 11.7.1. See the table below for details.

Positively, the chapeau (introduction) of the final IAEG Report will have a statement on disaggregation of data, which includes disability: “SDG indicators should be disaggregated where relevant by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics, in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.”

Stakeholders were able to provide brief statements to the IAEG and persons with disabilities were included in the statements on education and health (twice), poverty eradication, employment, and in an overall principles paper.

Alt:"Savio Carvalho from Amnesty International presents the stakeholder principles paper to the IAEG"

Savio Carvalho from Amnesty International presents the stakeholder principles paper to the IAEG.

In order to make this a more inclusive and transparent process, there will be a three-day process (date not yet determined) to input into the green/agreed indicators (for minor considerations) online for IAEG members, observers, UN agencies, and stakeholders, including civil society. There will be clear guidelines on how to input for the online consultation.

For persons with disabilities, this particularly applies to the indicators 6.1.1 (WASH) and 11.7.1 (Inclusive Cities). Following this consultation, there will be a discussion on the grey indicators. Additionally, after March 2016 the IAEG will continue update the adopted indicators and in time add new ones.

Proposed IAEG work plan:

  • October 29-November 20, 2015: Consultation for IAEG Members on green indicators
  • 1 December-15 February, 2016: Work on grey indicators based on work plan agreed by IAEG Members for inclusion in background documents for Statistical Commission
  • 29 October-20 November, 2015: Work stream on disaggregation: Preparation chapeau and identification of targets where particular population groups (e.g. persons with disabilities) are mentioned – proposals for disaggregation of current indicators.
  • 30 November-December, 2015: Draft Report circulated to IAEG Members
  • 7 December-16 December, 2015: Report for Statistical Commission is finalised for submission
  • 8 December, 2015: Update indicators related to climate change based on COP 21 Paris outcome
  • Mid-January, 2016: Meeting of the High-Level Group in which the IAEG-SDG co-chairs will participate
  • March 2016: Third IAEG-SDGs meeting will take place

Agreed (green) indicators with disability/persons with disabilities

Target Agreed Indicator
Aligned with target 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable  

Poverty Eradication: Indicator 1.3.1 Percentage of the population covered by social protection floors/systems disaggregated by sex, and distinguishing children, unemployed, old age, people with disabilities, pregnant women/new-borns, work injury victims, poor and vulnerable

Aligned to Target 4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations  

Education: Indicator 4.5.1 Parity indices (female/male, urban/rural, bottom/top wealth quintile) for all indicators on this list that can be disaggregated (11 countries supported the comment of Germany: Include “people with disabilities” (gradually) in parity indices. Clear definition of “people with disabilities” is needed.)

Aligned with target 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value Employment: Indicator 8.5.2 Unemployment rate by sex, age-group and disability
Aligned with target 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Indicator 16.7.1 Proportions of positions (by age, sex, disability and population groups) in public institutions (national and local legislatures, public service, and judiciary) compared to national distributions.

Possibly Approved Indicators

Target Possible Indicator
Aligned with target 6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all WASH: Indicator 6.1.1 Percentage of population using safely managed drinking water services(7 Countries support DESA/DSPD on the need to disaggregate on disability and on rural/urban, but no oral support in the meeting in Bangkok.)
Aligned with target 11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities Inclusive Cities: Indicator 11.7.1 The average share of the built-up areas of cities in open space in public ownership and use(Germany and the UK proposed that accessibility and persons with disabilities are included in this indicator.)

 

 

Alt="Orsolya Bartha (IDA) and I celebrate lightly at end of IAEG meeting"

Orsolya Bartha (IDA) and I celebrate lightly at end of IAEG meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please stay tuned for continual updates on the global SDG indicator process.