Posted on March 18th, 2013
This is your opportunity to change things for people with MS in your country.
On 23 September 2013 the United Nations General Assembly will meet with NGOs and civil society at a high level meeting on disability and development in New York.
The Millennium Development Goals, which aimed to address international development issues such as education, gender equality, hunger and maternal health are due to be achieved by 2015. Although more than 10% of the global population, and more than 20% of the world’s poorest people have a disability, disability was not referred to anywhere in the MDGs, targets or indicators. The disability rights lobby has been working to ensure that disability is not forgotten when the MDGs are renewed or replaced in 2015.
To prepare for this meeting UN Enable, the agency responsible for disability at the United Nations, is holding a public consultation to find out what individuals, NGOs and civil society think about disability and development. You can take part and put forward the case for the disability issues that affect people with MS in your country as well as offering potential solutions to the problems that you face. You can take part in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an exciting meeting that could change the disability landscape forever. The MDGs are just as relevant to people with MS as they are to people with and without disabilities. Let’s ensure that the MS movement is heard at the UN!