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Philippine Mission to the UN Highlights the Importance of Data on Disability, Sponsors a Discussion of the UN Flagship Report on Persons With Disabilities

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 17:30

Commissioner Leah Tanodra-Armamento of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines traces the country’s leadership on the issue of Persons with Disabilities back to the 1970s at a meeting to launch the UN Flagship Report on PWDs.

13 June 2018, NEW YORK – The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York and the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) co-sponsored a panel discussion to introduce a UN Flagship Report on disability and development on 13 June 2018 on the occasion of the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

The discussion provided an overview and a peek into the contents of the UN Flagship Report on disability and development which was mandated by General Assembly Resolution 69/142 in 20104 tabled by the Philippines and Tanzania.

The UN Flagship Report is intended to provide evidenced-based data to guide policy makers in mainstreaming disability issues in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in monitoring and evaluating the achievement of these goals on persons with disabilities.

Evidence-based data shows that persons with disabilities are more likely to be discriminated and less likely to be employed. Women with disabilities have the lowest participation in employment. There is extensive data on the relationship between education and disability as well as on access to information and communication technology and disability. There is very little data, however, on the interphase of energy and disability.

The full report is due to be released on 3 December 2018, during the celebration of the International Day of Disabled Persons.

More than 200 researchers from various UN agencies, UN Member States, the academe, international financial institutions, research institutions, non-profit organizations and disabled persons organizations contributed to the report. - END