U.N. vows to equal rights for disablities to achieve development process

June 18, 2016 1:51 am 

UNITED NATIONS, June 16 — The United Nations on Thursday concluded a three-day meeting on the disabled persons with determination to never leave them behind in the global drive for sustainable development.

Bringing together hundreds of disability advocates and government delegates, the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) constituted one of the largest and most diverse international meetings on disability in the world.

The main focus of the Parties to the CRPD, which kicked off on Tuesday at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, is to implement the new Sustainable Development Goals for all persons with disabilities

During the event, U.N. officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft highlighted the critical role which the disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"Let us work together for a world of opportunity and dignity for all, a future of inclusion, one in which we all gain by leaving no one behind," the U.N. secretary general told the conference.

The Chinese delegation to the three-day U.N. conference was headed by Wu Haitao, the deputy Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations.

The Vice Chairman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDFP), Jia Yong, took the floor at the general debate of the U.N. event and shed light on how the Chinese government has taken great efforts to promote the rights and well-being of the people with disabilities in his country.

The annual U.N. conference also examined the implementation of the binding agreement adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2006 to reaffirm that the one billion persons with disabilities — 15 percent of the world's population — must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. (PNA/Xinhua)

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