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Addresing a Missed Opportunity

Why does the United Nations blueprint for lifting the world's poorest out of poverty not make any mention of people with disabilities? According to the World Bank, 1 in 5 of the poorest people in the world has a disability.

Ten years ago, the United Nations identified eight "Millennium Development Goals" related to hunger, primary education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and malaria, and the environment. The goals are part of a historic effort to address extreme poverty and measure progress toward its eradication, and the deadline is now only five years away.

Strikingly, these goals ignore the strong link between poverty and disability: many people who have disabilities live in poverty, and poverty increases the chances of having a disability.

In a recent UN report, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon acknowledges that the lack of specific targets for disability in the Millennium Development Goals represents "a substantial missed opportunity." As governments meet this week to discuss progress toward achieving these goals, this oversight can be addressed. The Secretary General challenged governments to ensure that "all [MDG] targets and indicators identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of policies and programming on the situation of persons with disabilities."

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Emberi Jogok Egyetemes Nyilatkozata

Emberi Jogok Egyetemes Nyilatkozata

Elfogadva és kihirdetve az ENSZ Közgyűlésének 217 A (III) határozata alapján, 1948. december 10-én.

A 30 pontból álló Nyilatkozat az élet minden területét felölelő jogokról és szabadságjogokról szól. Elolvashatjátok és megismerhetitek oldalunkon.

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