disabilities

Coronavirus ‘starkly’ exposes vulnerability of persons with disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has “starkly exposed” the heightened vulnerability and risks to persons with disabilities, a major meeting convened to discuss the international treaty that supports persons with disabilities, heard on Monday.
 

Disabilities and COVID-19: Policy Brief

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) at launch of Policy Brief on Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19
  

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Transform societies to value older persons, including those with disabilities: UN rights expert

Because impairment is widely seen as a natural part of the ageing process, many older people with disabilities are shut out from receiving the support they need, according to a UN human rights expert.

UN Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas Aguilar is encouraging governments to ensure older persons with disabilities have a voice in any policies to make cities more inclusive, particularly as the global population ages.

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UN Security Council calls for protection of persons with disabilities in conflict zones

The Security Council on Thursday adopted its first-ever resolution calling on UN Member States and warring parties to protect persons with disabilities in conflict situations and to ensure they have access to justice, basic services and unimpeded humanitarian assistance.

New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres

Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday.

News in Brief 7 March 2019

  • Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: UN report
  • Nearly 100 civilians a week are dying in Yemen: UNHCR
  • Three in four children with disabilities left out of education in parts of Europe, Asia: UNICEF
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FROM THE FIELD: Persons with disabilities bike towards sustainability

People with disabilities in Ukraine are contributing to the development of a network of environmentally friendly bicycle routes which are helping to protect unique local landscapes.

First-ever UN report on disability and development, illustrates inclusion gaps

The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies.

‘Genuine’ health for those living with mental disability, dependent on human rights

When persons living with intellectual disabilities enjoy full access to universal human rights, they can exhibit better overall health, says Javier Vasquez, Vicepresident of Health Programs of Special Olympics, who explained how the UN can aid in creating a disability-inclusive world.

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Ghana twin activists hope for change in negative ‘narrative’ surrounding albinism

Twin activists from Ghana are praying for the day when a child born with albinism “will not be met with scorn, scandal and spectacle.”

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