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Rio+20 Side Event: Promoting Disability-Inclusive Development for a Sustainable Future

Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the “Rio+20” Conference, officially known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will seek to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress to-date and identify the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, as well as address new and emerging issues.
 
In conjunction with the Rio+20 Conference, a Parallel Forum will be organized by the Rio+20 National Organizing Committee, the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS), the São Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and DESA.
 
Aiming at inserting disability-related issues in discussions on the elaboration of strategies and public policies for sustainable development, it was held, concomitantly to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the forum “Promoting Disability-Inclusive Development for a Sustainable Future”, at the Multi Purpose Pavilion of the Athletes Park, in Rio de Janeiro.

The event was organized in collaboration by Rio+20 National Organizing Committee, the Latin-American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RADIS), the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the São Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of the Person with Disability, counting on the participation of Government, Parliament, Civil Society and Academy representatives.
 
Background
The side-event “Promoting Disability-Inclusive Development for a Sustainable Future” was developed to fill the unacceptable strategic and thematic gap the Brazilian Federal Government and the United Nations were unable to close including disability-related issues among Rio+20 official themes and Sustainable Development Dialogues.
 
As the only one of its kind within the Conference’s scope, yet as a side-event, it has achieved the possible objectives, gathering renowned speakers and promoting high level discussions on the role persons with disabilities shall play in sustainable development strategies and public policies.
 
Although the Conference’s Outcome Document had five different mentions to persons with disability, this issue is still far from being duly considered in the international development agenda. In this sense, we should intensify our efforts to enhance public understanding of this subject in a manner to avoid the recurrence of such strategic errors in the future, promoting the rights of persons with disability and including them into the development agenda.
 
For more information on the conference, see this document:
 
Related news: Rio+20 Outcome Document Includes Disability | Read here
 
Related Resource: Country Profile - Brazil | Read here