Joint statement: Towards inclusive social protection systems supporting the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities

Organization(s): ILO, UNICEF
Regions: World
Country: World
Year: 2019
Language: English

This joint statement reflects our shared commitment to inclusive social protection systems for persons with disabilities. The statement emerged from meetings and discussions between international partners working on the issues of disability and social protection. These meetings also contributed to the first report of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the UN General Assembly (September 2015), which highlighted the importance of disability-inclusive social protection systems. Noting the key findings of international experiences gathered from different stakeholders, this joint statement sets out the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by persons with disabilities and their families and how social protection systems can effectively protect them from livelihood shocks, reduce and prevent poverty and enable them to participate fully in society. We hope that this statement will guide and support future action to ensure that social protection systems take into account the rights of persons with disabilities and support their full and effective participation.

Australia – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Germany – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Global Action on Disability Network (GLAD)

Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

European Disability Forum

International Centre for Evidence in Disability

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Leonard Cheshire International-University College London (LCD-UCL)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


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