Update November 24, 2015

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Mainstreaming of disabled population must to achieve SDGs

Sumel Sarker

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Mainstreaming of disabled population must to achieve SDGs

24 November 2015, Nirapad News: Mainstreaming of the persons with disabilities along with ensuring their socio-political and human rights as per the concerned UN Convention have become a must for attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The views were expressed at Rangpur divisional conference on “Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations’ Organisations: Disabled Persons’ Preparation and Conviction” held here on Monday.

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International organised the conference participated by 55 representatives of 29 union, upazila and district level disabled peoples’ organisations from Rangpur, Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts under Rangpur division.

Deputy Director (Local Government) for Rangpur Sultana Parveen attended the conference as the chief guest with President of Rangdhanu Zila Protibondhi Adhikar Sangstha Nur Alam in the chair.

Deputy Director of the Department of Social Service Begum Nazmunnahar, Deputy Director of Bangladesh Rural Development Board Sirajul Islam and Monitoring Manager of ADD International Aziz Ahmed Romel attended as special guests.

Programme Support Officer of ADD International Tamzida Zannati Shilpi, President of Prottyasha Protibondhi Nari O Shishu Unnayan Sangstha Ummey Kulsum, journalists, spoke among others.

Leaders of different organisations working for welfare of disabled people at the union, upazila and district levels narrated activities of their organisations and situation of the movement for welfare of the physically challenged people in their respective area.

Project Manager of ADD International Monwarul Islam narrated about the SDGs announced by the UN in his keynote presentation also mentioning hopes and aspirations of the disabled population.

The conference discussed on role of the disabled people’s organisations and their district networks in implementing the SDGs, issues related to making policies and adopting strategies for ensuring participation of the disabled population in the process.

In the open discussions session, the speakers said sustainable national uplift is not possible without mainstreaming and turning the people with disabilities into worthy human resources through ensuring their equal socio-political and human rights.

Terming the people with disabilities as integral part of the society, they said the disabled people could do the same as the able if adequate opportunities were provided to enjoy the basic human rights as per the concerned UN Convention.

They called upon the government for taking steps to ensure proportionate representation of the disabled people in the local government bodies as well as in the parliament so that their rights were established everywhere in the society like the able people.

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