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News code: 24693
Published Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 - 11:31:37
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UN welcomes Iran’s proposal for persons with disabilities

UN welcomes Iran’s proposal for persons with disabilities
IRAN  - Mesbah Ansari, Deputy Director for Human Rights of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iran, proposed that United Nations commissions related to social development and disability issues consider establishing an annual prize for innovative, sustainable cities.

Addressing the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development, the Iranian official Mesbah Ansari, Deputy Director for Human Rights of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iran, briefed the Commission as part of its consideration of the topic "Towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable development:  an evidence‑based approach to the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda".

Pointing out that 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals related directly to the issue of disability - including by guaranteeing the right to inclusive and accessible education and employment, the political inclusion of persons with disabilities and the creation of accessible cities as well as affordable and accessible transport systems - he said disability issues nevertheless cut across all the 2030 Agenda's goals and targets.

Outlining various evolving methodologies for the more effective collection of disaggregated data on persons with disabilities, he said that, as the father of a child with a disability, he understood the frustrations of bureaucratic barriers.

"What we know is that we have to move forward," he stressed, calling on countries to put in place pilot plans for data collection and later enshrine them in national policies.  Warning that the target year of 2030 was "just around the corner", he said the massive potential of social media and civil society groups should be harnessed to accelerate progress.

In addition, he proposed that United Nations commissions related to social development and disability issues hear more "inspirational success stories" of social inclusion, and that the Organization consider establishing an annual prize for innovative, sustainable cities.

News Code: 24693
Published Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 - 11:31:37
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