Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

July 30, 2013
Source: UN Enable

The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The meeting is expected to adopt an action-oriented outcome document in support of the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities.

Currently, the draft outcome document is in its final phase of the negotiation process. The document is a result of an extensive preparatory process that began in 2012 and consisted of informal consultations, online and regional consultations to ensure that concerns of all stakeholders were taken into account. The co-facilitators of the meeting, Philippines and Spain, will be taking necessary steps for the final phase of the negotiation of the outcome document.

Text of the draft outcome document is available in a letter from the President of the General Assembly to Member States and posted on his website at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/letters/pdf/High-level%20meeting%20on%20Disabilities%20-%205%20July%202013.pdf  

The final programme for the HLMDD, consisting of an opening plenary, two round table discussions, and a closing plenary, is still being developed by the Office of the President of the General Assembly. Round Table One, “International and regional cooperation and partnerships for disability-inclusive development.” will be co-chaired by Philippines and Spain. Round Table 2, “Post-2015 development agenda and inclusive development for persons with disabilities”, will be co-chaired by Finland and Tunisia.  (www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1590)

The UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with DESA has produced a short promotional video featuring Stevie Wonder, a UN Messenger of Peace and world renowned celebrity and performer. In the short video, Stevie Wonder calls on support for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be "signed, sealed and delivered by all countries, for everyone's sake". (http://webtv.un.org/watch/stevie-wonder-supports-the-un-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/2553535888001/)