The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations. Through the Strategy, the organizations of the United Nations system reaffirm that the full and complete realization of the human rights of all persons with disabilities is an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Strategy is the result of a process launched by the Secretary-General in April 2018 to strengthen system-wide accessibility for persons with disabilities and the mainstreaming of their rights. Its development was informed by an extensive institutional review led by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. The Strategy includes a system-wide policy, an accountability framework and other implementation modalities. The policy establishes the highest levels of commitment and a vision for the United Nations system on disability inclusion for the next decade and is aimed at creating an institutional framework for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among other international human rights instruments, as well as for development and humanitarian commitments. The accountability framework includes two aligned components: (a) an entity accountability framework, with 15 common-system indicators, focused on four areas: leadership, strategic planning and management; inclusiveness; programming; and organizational culture; and (b) a United Nations country team accountability scorecard on disability inclusion, which is currently under development and is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2019. Timetables and technical guidance, as well as the allocation of the responsibilities required for the full implementation of the policy, are also included in the framework.

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