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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals defined and adopted by the Member States of the United Nations Organization (UNO) in September 2015. From 2016 to 2030, 193 States will have to develop action plans in order to set up a sustainable development at world level. The global aim is indeed to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The Belgian Disability Forum asbl (BDF) is closely monitoring this process.

In concrete terms this means that all countries will have to mobilize efforts to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind : « Leave no one behind » …

For the Belgian Disability Forum asbl (BDF) this means that due account must be taken of persons with disabilities in the efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals !

The SDGs are not legally binding. But the States, including Belgium, have committed themselves to reaching them. They have accepted to be subject to a voluntary monitoring and assessment process. Civil society has a significant role to play in this assessment. The BDF intends to play its role at this level, just as it does for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.