This week marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention has been ratified by 170 countries and established frameworks and reporting requirements to ensure the inclusion of all individuals with disabilities in social, political and economic life. The World Bank estimates that one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability making the Convention a critical accountability tool to ensuring the rights of a huge number of individuals worldwide.
The anniversary of this groundbreaking tool is an opportunity to evaluate where the global community has succeeded and to celebrate those successes, but it is also an opportunity to review where we have fallen short and to double down on our commitment to ensuring inclusion and equity for those living with disabilities and to seeing those priorities work through national and international policies across the board.
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