Disability statistics and international development agenda

from UN Enable Newsletter October 2014

On 23 October, the Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DESA), co-Chaired a Disability Data Conference in London organized by the Government of the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The meeting served as a follow up to promote dissemination of the recommendations from the UN Expert Group Meeting on “Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The way forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8-10 July 2014. (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1617). The meeting in London with bilateral donors and other stakeholders worked to encourage the strengthening and mainstreaming of disability data and statistics in development cooperation. The Conference focused on the use of the Washington Group short question set and discussed integration of disability components into broader statistical data collection efforts to address some of the inconsistencies and persistent challenges in national data collection on persons with disabilities. The meeting was framed in the context of the emerging post-2015 development framework and notion of “leaving no one behind” in future development actions.

SDHI will host a webinar on this topic in December.