The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development
The Agenda 2030 is a comprehensive, progressive and innovative agenda that responds to the many challenges faced by the world today. The Agenda 2030 includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals are based on a three-pronged approach to sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection – and improve upon the Millennium Development Goals which did not have any specific targets that included people with disabilities.
The Agenda 2030, including the 17 SDGs and 169 targets, was adopted on 25 September 2015 by Heads of State and Government of 193 countries at a special United Nations summit. At this summit, the participating members agreed to seek to achieve the SDGs and their targets in their entirety by the year 2030. Through Agenda 2030, signatory governments have now committed to end poverty, create inclusive societies, promote equal rights for all, take up the challenge to battle climate change and ensure that no one – no individual, no society, no country – is left behind.
Out of these 17 SDGs, five goals1 specifically talk about working with people with disabilities to be included in their wider communities. These goals are:
Goal 4: Guaranteeing equal and accessible education by building inclusive learning environments and providing the needed assistance for persons with disabilities.
Goal 8: Promoting inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market.
Goal 10: Emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Goal 11: Creating accessible cities and water resources, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces.
Goal 17: Underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, emphasis on disability disaggregated data.
Fulfilling these goals, though taken up by governments, are also the responsibility of each and every stakeholder involved – national and regional societies, private organizations, volunteer and non-profits groups and every citizen of a country. Every contribution, no matter how small, counts and is a step towards achieving these goals and targets; towards creating a world with no poverty, equal rights and a safe environment.