Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, ratified by 184 countries, disability has gained increasing importance on the international agenda. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, whose commitment is to leave no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first, specifically mentions persons with disabilities in several of its Sustainable Development Goals and all information collected for monitoring must be
disaggregated by disability.
Likewise, the recent World Disability Summit 2022, hosted by the governments of Norway and Ghana and the International Disability Alliance, has highlighted the renewed commitment of States to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities. During the summit, representatives of all stakeholder groups, including 44 countries, made around 1,300 commitments. In particular, participants recognized the need for further efforts to strengthen community inclusion, including
through inclusive social protection systems, the promotion of community-based services, and the availability and affordability of assistive technology, and individual support.
The UN Secretary-General in our common agenda identified the care agenda as one of the pillars to facilitate women’s economic inclusion. The gender agenda has made it possible to make the care economy visible and several countries have begun to implement policies and programs to move towards care systems that are reflective of the realities of women. However, children’s, older person’s and disability perspectives are still absent in most debates and there is a risk that care policies will be consolidated without an inclusive approach to these constituencies.
The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 49/12 has started to acknowledge the discussion and mandated the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare two reports
on support systems to ensure community inclusion of persons with disabilities.