UN Panel Spotlights Mental Well-being and Disability to Establish Inclusive Development Goals

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  • 2014•12•05     New York

    This year’s theme of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. As part of the IDPD programme in New York, the panel discussion Mental Well-being and Disability: Toward Accessible and Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals was co-organized on 2 December by UNU-IIGH, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, with invited global experts.

    A full conference room reflected the strong interest in the panel discussion on the often complex and neglected topic of mental or intellectual disability as well as mental well-being in persons with disabilities. The panel discussed key issues and trends of mental well-being and explored how the needs of this group can be inclusively represented in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panellists focused on practical strategies and actions for mainstreaming mental well-being and disability in development priorities.

    The genuine achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and other internationally agreed development goals, requires the inclusion of the rights, well-being, and the perspectives of persons with disabilities, including persons with mental or intellectual disabilities, in development efforts at all levels. The recent SDG Synthesis Report, which is the basis for all negotiations on the SDGs, in paragraph 70 addresses the need to “reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental illness, nervous system injuries and road accidents; and promote healthy behaviours, including those related to water, sanitation and hygiene”.

    See the Related Files tab for the event’s full programme and background information.

    For further information see the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014 website.

    The UN WEB TV broadcast of the panel discussion is available below: