UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Disability


UN Entities


UN Treaties, Declarations and Major Documents


Selected Statements and Speeches of UN Officials

  • Stressing United Nations commitment to inclusion, Secretary-General tells State Parties Conference on Disabilities Convention ‘We must pick up the pace’ (SG/SM/21835, 13 June 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sgsm21835.doc.htm
  • Stressing need to safeguard human rights in digital space, Secretary-General Observance Message urges full inclusion, accessibility for persons with disabilities (SG/SM/21601, 25 November 2022): https://press.un.org/en/2022/sgsm21601.doc.htm
  • ‘We need the leadership of persons with disabilities’, Secretary-General tells States Parties to Convention, calling for inclusion on all fronts (SG/SM/21321, 14 June 2022): https://press.un.org/en/2022/sgsm21321.doc.htm
  • Secretary-General stresses need to ensure all members of human family have chance at living full lives, in Message for Global Disability Summit (SG/SM/21143, 16 February 2022): https://press.un.org/en/2022/sgsm21143.doc.htm
  • Assistive technology ‘not only a right, but a practical pathway to inclusion’, Deputy Secretary-General tells Global Disability Summit (DSG/SM/1678, 15 January 2022): https://press.un.org/en/2022/dsgsm1678.doc.htm
  • Involving persons with disabilities in COVID-19 Pandemic Response key for building more inclusive, accessible world, Secretary-General Observance Message stresses (SG/SM/21040, 24 November 2021): https://press.un.org/en/2021/sgsm21040.doc.htm
  • Recover better, build back accessible, Secretary-General tells Convention States Parties, stressing ‘persons with disabilities must no longer be left behind’ (SG/SM/20778, 15 June 2021): https://press.un.org/en/2021/sgsm20778.doc.htm
  • Secretary-General’s Observance Message stresses need to account for hopes, rights of persons with disabilities in accessible, sustainable post-pandemic world (SG/SM/20462, 1 December 2020): https://press.un.org/en/2020/sgsm20462.doc.htm
  • United Nations aims to be ‘employer of choice’ for world’s 1 billion persons with disabilities, Secretary-General tells Conference of States Parties (SG/SM/20456, 30 November 2020): https://press.un.org/en/2020/sgsm20456.doc.htm
  • Promoting report on disability inclusion strategy, Deputy Secretary-General stresses need to measure progress, while raising standards, ambition (DSG/SM/1487, 15 October 2020): https://press.un.org/en/2020/dsgsm1487.doc.htm
  • COVID-19 exacerbating hardship for people with disabilities, Deputy Secretary-General tells network round table, urging action to create inclusive societies (DSG/SM/1423, 25 June 2020): https://press.un.org/en/2020/dsgsm1423.doc.htm
  • Pandemic reveals how excluded are society’s most marginalized, Secretary-General says, launching Policy Brief on Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19 (SG/SM/20074, 6 May 2020): https://press.un.org/en/2020/sgsm20074.doc.htm


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UN Observances & Events

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