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More than 1 billion people or 15% of the world population are living with disabilities - the world’s largest and most disadvantaged group - most of which, are in developing countries.
Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as have a higher rate of mortality. In spite of this situation, disability has remained largely invisible in the mainstream development agenda and its processes.
By 3 December 2013, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we will have the Outcome Document of the first High-Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development, which would provide an blueprint for action and ideal platform to launch global efforts to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all!
To learn more about how the United Nations is participating in International Day of Persons with Disabilities please visit our website (www.un.org/disabilities/index.asp) or Twitter page (UN_Enable) where updates will be periodically posted.
United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD). SCRPD promotes the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the post-2015 agenda.