Sustainable Development calls for disaggregation of indicators by disability status. Both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) in article 31 and the 2030 Agenda stress the importance of data for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of more disability-inclusive policies. Disaggregated data is important to empower people and strengthen the dynamic relationship between people and their governments, especially when the aim of evidence-based inclusive policies is to “leave no one behind”. Persons with disabilities are mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in article 25 and in nine of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Reference is also made to the marginalized persons, such as “persons living in situations of vulnerability”, which includes persons with disabilities. Moreover, within the 232 SDG indicators there are 41 mentions the word “disability”, “vulnerability” or “disadvantaged groups”, in the indicators themselves or their targets or their metadata (disaggregation), in areas such as population, poverty, food security, education, employment, population settlements, conflict, access to services, violence and human rights. Disaggregating data is not a new subject. Countries have been disaggregating their data by common characteristics (sex, age, location) and some even cross-classifying them with socioeconomic characteristics such as employment and education (and less frequently wealth, access to resources, etc.). However, disaggregation by vulnerable subpopulations, including persons with disabilities was only given due importance in the 2030 Agenda.

Author Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia