the General Assembly convened a one-day high-level meeting on disability and development

August 20, 2013

We are sending this note to call you  to take action to mobilize your countries to assume their highest commitment to disability inclusive development.


As you know, the General Assembly convened a one-day high-level meeting on disability and development (HLMDD) at the level of Heads of State and Government on 23 September 2013, the Monday before the start of the general debate of the sixty-eighth session. The HLMDD will result in a concise, action-oriented Outcome Document in support of the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities. Although the HLMDD will be one of the most important benchmarks for disability inclusive development, only connecting the outcomes of the HLMDD with other mainstreamed development debates will ensure disability inclusion in the Post 2015 development framework.


Particularly, it would be important this time:

1)        Urge governments to include members with disabilities in their country delegations for the HLMDD and subsequent meetings at the UN

2)        Urge governments to include disability concerns in all discussion related to the Post 2015 framework, in particular

a.        the Opening of the General Assembly Debate on September 24, 2013 and 

b.        the Special Event on MDGs on September 25, 2013. 


The urgent action we propose is not owned by the GPDD. You can freely use the materials we share with you and name it your campaign. You can create your own materials, as well.




A)        Review reference documents to be abreast of the background

B)        Identify relevant officers. We suggest: Office of the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Social Development or equivalent, Minister of Environment and Infrastructure or equivalent

C)        Send an appeal letter, fax, or email (see simple fax in attachment) include your organization contact information for the government to have resource persons



High Level Meeting on disability and development


Post 2015 development framework 


General Assembly of the UN


Special Event on MDGS