Why are the Sustainable Development Goals important?

Inclusion is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They pledge to “leave no one behind” but also “to reach the furthest behind first”. Unlike the previous Millennium Development Goals, disability issues and persons with disabilities are included with 11 specific references throughout the 2030 Agenda.

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Overall, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contain 169 targets and 231 indicators for monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Persons with disabilities are mentioned 19 times in the SDGs. A key message presented in the introduction of the indicator framework is that all indicators ‘…should be disaggregated, where relevant, by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location, or other characteristics….’. (Goal 17.18).

The SDGs are extremely important because they are a powerful advocacy platform to support the implementation and the monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.