Disability and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals are a globally call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

No one is left behind

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within it, is a comprehensive, progressive and innovative agenda that responds to the many challenges faced by the world today. Following on from the Millennium Development Goals, 193 governments have committed to achieving the SDGs by the year 2030. Agenda 2030 commits signatory governments 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.

Sustainable Development goals

The SDGs consist of 17 goals with 169 targets identified to achieve them. The SDGs are based on a three-pronged approach to sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Improving on the Millennium Development Goals that did not specifically include people with disabilities, five of the SGDs identify people with disabilities as key agents.

SDGs specifically including people with disabilities:


Quality Education: Guaranteeing equal and accessible education by building inclusive learning environments and providing the needed assistance for persons with disabilities.


Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promoting inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market.


Reduced Inequalities: Emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities.


Sustainable Cities and Communities: Creating accessible cities and water resources, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces.


Partnerships for the Goals: Underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, emphasis on disability disaggregated data.