Disabilities

Post MDGs - Disability beyond 2015

UNICEF Image: Uganda, 2012 Children from the Ntinda School of the Deaf, have specialized training in teaching children who are deaf
© UNICEF/UGDA2012-00146/Nakibu

The Millennium Development Goals, are not for the most part disability inclusive. As a result, people with disabilities, who constitute 15% of the global population and are commonly amongst the poorest of the poor, have not fully benefited from many development and humanitarian response programmes. This seriously limits the capacity of such programmes to address the needs of the most vulnerable and excluded – and especially children with disabilities.

The global context in relation to poverty and development has evolved significantly since the millennium declaration. International development stakeholders are discussing possible post-MDG frameworks and beyond 2015 initiatives; this presents an important opportunity for UNICEF as a disability advocate to influence the agenda and to call for critical inequality and discrimination to be addressed.

UNICEF will mobilize advocacy efforts to ensure that future international development frameworks comprehensively and clearly acknowledge the rights of people and children with disabilities in line with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This international recognition would enable enhanced advocacy by, and empowerment of, people with disabilities and increased financial incentives for disability-inclusive programmes for children  and people with disabilities.



Photo Caption(from top): Uganda, 2012 - Children from the Ntinda School of the Deaf, Kampala, Uganda. The school opened in 1974 and is a mixed day and boarding school, with 215 pupils between the ages of 8 to 16 years. The school has classes running from Primary one to Primary seven with 23 teachers that have specialized training in teaching children who are deaf. All the students are deaf, and 20 are children who are both deaf and blind.


 

 

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