The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is in many ways distinctly different from its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is more comprehensive, integrating economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and addressing related systemic barriers. Being a universal agenda, it applies to all countries, whether high- or low-income. This implies not only solidarity between countries (as with the MDGs), but also joint responsibility and action. The 2030 Agenda represents an unprecedented opportunity to initiate and implement catalytic changes for persons with disabilities. The agenda’s core commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be considered a success unless they are met for everyone – persons with disabilities included.

Author Leonard Cheshire disability