2013 is the historic year on disability since the High Level Meeting was held at a strategic timing of the UN history. It took place five years after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, two years after release of the World Report on Disability and two years away from 2015 — the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — and thereafter, the commencement of the post-2015 agenda and new development priorities. The commemoration of 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013, in UN Headquarters in NY provided an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability and accessibility as a cross cutting development issue and further the global efforts to promote accessibility, remove all types of barriers, and to realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all. The main theme of the panel discussion was “Mental Well-being, Disability and Development” which was reflected by the outcome of the UN Expert Group Meeting jointly organized by UNU-IIGH and UNDESA held in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013. For the panel discussion, Dr Tsutsumi from UNU-IIGH participated as a invited panellist in addition to participants from UNDESA, the World Bank, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, the Permanent Mission of El Salvador and global experts on mental well-being and disability.
Mental well-being, disability and Development – Panel discussion, 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
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Conclusions and Recommendations for inclusion of mental well-being and disability into key goals and outcomes of upcoming international conferences, UN Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development