Outcome Document of the High Level Meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities

The Way Forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond


Date & Time: 24th September 2015, 3:00-5:00PM
Venue: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Organizers: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations、United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)、The Nippon Foundation
Co-sponsors: Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations, The World Bank, United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute on Disability and Public Policy International Disability Alliance

Background and Objectives

The Member States and international community have made great strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, and they also have helped align the United Nations with many other international development organizations, civil society organizations and the business community towards achieving those goals. With, what many consider, successful achievement of the MDGs, the United Nations General Assembly is set to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – at its forthcoming 70th Session in September.

In parallel, the United Nations has been promoting the development of an inclusive global society, especially for disabled persons as agents of change and as beneficiaries of this change, for the past decades, through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in 2006. As of today, 157 Member States have ratified the CRPD.

Mainstreaming the issues and plight of disabled persons into the process of development is crucial to realize the goal of “no one left behind.” The number of disabled persons is estimated to be beyond one billion – approximately one out of every seven persons in the world today. Moreover, many disabled persons live in extreme poverty; therefore, the inclusion of disabled persons must take place in order to reach the goals. As such, Member States are expected to give due attention to full inclusion of disabled persons in their work towards achieving the 2030 SDGs. However, inclusion at the national level is not sufficient to achieve the goals: this concept must also be applied to multilateral organizations and global decision-making processes, namely at the UN and in global conferences, meetings and events, and needs to be implemented on multiple dimensions: global, regional, national, and local.


At this side event in September, the ideas, approaches and strategies for developing the framework for the inclusion of disabled persons towards achieving the 2030 SDGs was presented and discussed by an expert panel.


Below, I have provided links to download the outcome documents and the programme schedule in various file formats.


HLMDD Outcome Document

Sign language with text (HTML5 with video)

This multimedia document provides a sign language video which is synchronized with the highlighted text of the written document. The reader can navigate the video by clicking the items in the table of contents left below, or the paragraphs of the document on the right side. It is made with HTML5 technology and compatible with modern Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari running on PC, Mac and tablet devices.


Microsoft Word format




Multimedia Digital Talking Book (DAISY2.02 full-text full-audio)




Microsoft Word format




Multimedia Digital Talking Book (DAISY2.02 full-text full-audio)


Please note: The DAISY books are the full-text full-audio DAISY with human recording. The DAISY books are attached with the EasyReader Express which is a DAISY playback software. You can just click a link, install and press the “play” button to start playback audio narration. For more information, refer to this guide.

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