February 13, 2018

Minister highlights Australia’s commitment to disability-inclusive development

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, recently used a speech at the Global Alliance for Disability (GLAD) meetings in Helsinki to confirm Australia’s ongoing commitment to disability-inclusive development. The Minister spoke about the significant barriers faced by people with disabilities in developing countries and the particular disadvantage experience by women and girls with disabilities.

“To achieve the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind, and to deliver fully effective and truly fair development and humanitarian action, people with disabilities must be able to benefit from – and contribute to – these efforts on an equal basis with others,” said the Minister, and affirmed that her strong commitment to achieving this.

The Minister highlighted the Global Disability Summit being hosted by the United Kingdom in July 2018 and Australia’s nomination of Rosemary Kayess to the CRPD Committee as key opportunities for Australia to continue its leadership around disability-inclusive development.

Read the full speech http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/fierravanti-wells/speeches/Pages/2018/cf_sp_180131.aspx?w=p2wUlmE1t7kKl1%2BiOm3gqg%3D%3D