October 24, 2008

Blog Action Day: Followup & Followthrough

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The 2008 Blog Action Day on Poverty included:

12,800 Bloggers
14,053 Blog Posts
13,498,280 Readers

The RollingRains.com contribution was "The Disability & Poverty Nexus - and Tourism as a Path to Sustainability"

And work on the disability and poverty connection continues. The UN General Assembly is informally discussing a resolution on the Millennium Development Goals and disability. It includes promotion of Universal Design. In as much as it promotes the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) it promotes Inclusive Tourism (as covered in CRPD Article 30.) The International Disability Alliance has suggested the letter below as one way for citizen advocates to express their support.

Dear Mr./Ms. Minister of Foreign Affairs (or Head of Delegation):

As members of the Disability and Development community, we want to encourage your government to play a substantive and active role in favor of mainstreaming Disability in the Millennium Development Goals (during the fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action (A/63/183) which will be reviewed by the GA during its 63rd session (6-8 October under Social Development). The report was envisaged as a contribution to reinforcing the disability perspective in reviews of the progress made, and challenges encountered, in implementing the MDGs as requested by GA resolution 62/127.

Mainstreaming disability in the MDGs will help to ensure that no one is excluded from the processes of global development. In view of the enforcement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, new and concerted efforts should be made in order to accomplish the advancement of persons with disability in the context of development.

It is important to note the importance of promoting universal design, the design of products, environments, programmes, and services which are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. Such increased accessibility benefits all members of society, not only persons with disabilities. Simultaneously, it is also relevant to state that disability specific programs addressing MDG concerns are also needed to guarantee the full inclusion of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.
For these reasons, we respectfully urge you to promote a resolution on mainstreaming disability in the MDGs during the fifth review and appraisal of the World Programme of Action at the 63rd Session of the GA


Posted by rollingrains at October 24, 2008 11:58 PM