International Monitoring

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) has developed a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be used for monitoring the success of development activities in the post-2015 era. A key principle of the SDGs is that “no one be left behind.” In that spirit, the preamble to the SDGs states that indicators, where appropriate, be disaggregated by disability and other characteristics linked to vulnerability and poorer outcomes.

The SDGs contain:

  • 7 targets specifically mentioning persons with disabilities (education, accessible schools, employment, accessible public spaces and transport, empowerment and inclusion, data disaggregation)
  • 10+ universal targets & 8 targets for vulnerable persons

For many of the SDG targets there is need or urgent action for inclusion of persons with disabilities (poverty, social protection, health coverage, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health, access to water and sanitation, resilience to disasters, birth registration).

The WG short set of questions were developed to collect internationally comparable data on disability based on the WHO ICF model to fulfil the monitoring requirements established by the SDGs and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Using the WG to Monitor the SDGs

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) mandates that ratifying States Parties “collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention”.

For countries to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need for countries to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyse, understand, use and disseminate data on persons with disabilities in a manner that is accurate and comparable across different settings, countries, and populations.

The 2014 United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation recommended that the use of the WG Short Set for evaluating the post-2015 development agenda and for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) has developed a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be used for monitoring the success of development activities in the post-2015 era. A key principle of the SDGs is that “no one be left behind.” In that spirit, the preamble to the SDGs states that indicators, where appropriate, be disaggregated by disability and other characteristics linked to vulnerability and poorer outcomes.

The SDGs contain:

  • 7 targets specifically mentioning persons with disabilities (education, accessible schools, employment, accessible public spaces and transport, empowerment and inclusion, data disaggregation)
  • 10+ universal targets & 8 targets for vulnerable persons

For many of the SDG targets there is need or urgent action for inclusion of persons with disabilities (poverty, social protection, health coverage, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health, access to water and sanitation, resilience to disasters, birth registration).

The WG short set of questions were developed to collect internationally comparable data on disability based on the WHO ICF model to fulfil the monitoring requirements established by the SDGs and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Using the WG to Monitor the SDGs

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) mandates that ratifying States Parties “collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention”.

For countries to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need for countries to strengthen their capacity to collect, analyse, understand, use and disseminate data on persons with disabilities in a manner that is accurate and comparable across different settings, countries, and populations.

The 2014 United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation recommended that the use of the WG Short Set for evaluating the post-2015 development agenda and for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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