Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities20 July 2017 // The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York has come to an end, and countries have reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the event, 44 countries presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of progress at the national and sub-national levels. Representatives of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities (SGPwD) were active to ensure that all VNRs had a reference to persons with disabilities.

IF representative Rebecca Alitsi was interviewed by UN News Kiswahili while she was at the HLPF and she explained how IF's work in developing countries relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Wednesday 19 July, the SGPwD held a Caucus Meeting at the UN headquarters. The meeting, moderated by Colin Allen (Chair, International Disability Alliance), Vladimir Cuk and Yetnebersh Nigussied (focal points of the SGPwD), aimed at reflecting on good practices and lessons learned from the preparatory processes undertaken to facilitate participation of persons with disabilities at the HLPF 2017. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss on the format of the group's engagement in the HLPF 2018. Among the goals that will be reviewed in depth next year is SDG 11, "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

The Ministerial Declaration that was adopted by Member States on the final day of the HLPF stresses the importance of implementing nationally appropriate social protection systems to help eradicate povery, paying particular attention to women, children, older persons, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. It also emphasizes the need for high-quality, accessible, timely and reliable disability disaggregated data.

For effective implementation, or accountability to citizens, it is essential to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, efforts should be made to reach out to all stakeholders, including persons with disabilities.

The Ministers and high representatives also recognize the special challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities.

Updates and a wrap-up of all HLPF 2017 activities, including links to the videos of the national presentations, are provided on the website of the International Disability Alliance.

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