Dear friends and colleagues,

In many countries, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has not been achieved for persons with disabilities. This clearly highlights the importance of ensuring that development processes are inclusive of persons with disabilities and their perspectives for the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs, as well as in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs, after 2015.

On 23 September 2013, the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.

To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disability, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to contribute to the ongoing work for the High-level Meeting.

Building on the earlier online discussion on “Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda”, held on this site in November (read the summary report here:, this consultation aims to take a closer look at the particular challenges faced by persons with disabilities in different regions, and to identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society and development.

In this context, we would like to invite you take part in this online consultation, starting on 8 March and running for three weeks until 28 March.

To participate, please visit the site and log-in or register here: Simultaneous consultations will take place in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, please email your response to: Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore your post will not appear immediately but will be posted within twenty-four hours.

The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the preparation of the outcome document for the UN High-level Meeting on 23 September 2013.

The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from Governments, UN system organizations, academia, media, private sector and civil society organizations, including persons with disabilities and their organizations (DPOs).

Please invite your colleagues, partners and networks to participate!

Warm regards,

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNICEF in collaboration with the United Nations Partnership to promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD)

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