On December 21st, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) is launching a set of policy guidelines which support policy makers to translate commitments regarding the rights of persons with disabilities into action as they implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Guidance is provided across a range of areas from general structural requirements for disability inclusion, as well as specific sectoral guidance, such a health, education, social protection etc.
CBM Global, through our Inclusion Advisory Group, supported the OHCHR team throughout September and October to finalise these guidelines. We convened a large team of CBM Global advisors, associates and partners, including the Centre for Inclusive Policy, who brought different sectoral expertise. We provided input across all 13 guidelines, incorporating sector feedback, bringing a practical implementation lens, and working with OHCHR to make these user-friendly for the target audience. We valued the chance to be part of the process of bringing together human rights normative guidance and practical implementation guidance within Low and Middle Income Countries.
Briana Wilson, Senior Advisor at the Inclusion Advisory Group, says:
“The process of working with OHCHR was a fantastic chance to debate the tensions and complexities that exist when seeking to translate human rights into practical action, especially in resource poor settings. We learned a lot, and we’ll definitely be using and promoting the guidelines within our work.”
CBM Global welcomes these guidelines, recognising their value and contribution to supporting practical implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a country level. This type of guidance is crucial for supporting policy makers and other stakeholders to translate commitments into real changes for people with disabilities, and to understand how to implement the SDGs whilst leaving no-one behind.
Image © CBM/Hayduk. Ezekiel, 62, gives his grandson a ride in his new wheelchair, Zimbabwe.