Side-event on Goal 11: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies

17 July 2018

EDF organised a side-event on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the United Nation’s Headquarter during The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF). The side-event was organised in partnership with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the European Union, UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R, Gaates, Inclusion International, UK Aid, UNDP, CBM, Global Resilience Partnership, Humanity and Inclusion and World Enabled.

Our policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe” was launched by our Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez during this event.


Goal 11: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies

The side-event was titled “Goal 11: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies"

To truly make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, we must ensure that diversity is celebrated, and that all persons are included and can equitably participate in society. The side even focused on how to fully implement Goal 11 for the inclusion of all persons, including persons with disabilities, by respecting, protecting and fulfilling the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The panel was made of:

Strong and powerful messages were delivered by all our panelists.

Jesús Orus Baguena from the EU Commission’s DEVCO stated

Accessibility is a precondition for the participation of persons with disabilities in modern society and economy.

Connie Laurin-Bowie, from Inclusion International, said

It is not just about access. To create inclusive communities, it is important to also create processes for participation for persons with disabilities.

Ultimately, EDF’s Vice-President, Ana Peláez Narváez concluded the event by stating:

Making cities accessible for everyone is taking into account the diversity of population, persons with disabilities, children …

Through this side-event, we are continuing toward our path to advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies and communities. We are ensuring that no one is left behind.

For more information about our work around the HLPF, please read the following articles:



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