The world is at a critical juncture in the journey towards a more equitable society. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have just been adopted by the United Nations. The 17 goals and 169 targets aim to eradicate extreme poverty, among others. So far, the process has been hugely disappointing for people with disabilities, especially those from the Global South. There are 11 mentions of disability in the entire document but NONE in the most crucial goals and targets: Goal 1 on Eradication of Poverty, Goal 3 on Health and Goal 5 on Gender. The indicators are currently under formulation. By the time we meet in India in April 2016, the indicators also would have been formally adopted. The monitoring process of the SDGs would be on different levels – global, regional, national and thematic. The most crucial component would be at the national level. Each country would have nationally defined indicators that are best suited for its unique priorities. Therefore, the SDGs would not be a success unless ownership takes place at the country level.
The role of people with disabilities and their organizations at the grassroots – national and local level, thus assumes paramount importance. If we want disability to be a part of the post-2015 development agenda, then the grassroots leaders will have to be empowered. This would be perhaps the first such gathering of the global disability movement after the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015. The DPI World Assembly will be a significant platform to take the discourse on leadership building and equipping grassroots disability movements with tools to effectively monitor implementation of SDGs from the disability perspective at the national level.
The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit, voluntary organisation, working as an interface between the Government, Industry, International Agencies, and the Voluntary Sector, towards empowerment of persons with disabilities.
NCPEDP works on five core principles, also called the five pillars of the organization, namely:
NCPEDP stresses the need to move away from traditionally held views of charity and welfare to those of productivity and empowerment of disabled people.
Established in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, Disabled People's International (DPI) was the world's first successful cross-disability endeavour to convert the talk about full and equal participation of persons with disabilities into action. Till today, 35 years after it was formed, DPI continues to be the world's ONLY cross-disability global Disabled People's Organization (DPO).
DPI is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and has a presence in more than 139 countries through its Member National Assemblies (MNAs) spanning across 7 regions: Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, CIS, Europe, Latin America and North America & Caribbean. The MNAs are focused on capacity building and empowerment of people with disabilities in their countries and over half of them are based in the developing world.
DPI's goal is to achieve full participation of ALL persons with disabilities in the mainstream of life, through promotion and protection of their human rights. DPI's focus is particularly on those in developing countries who form 80 percent of the world's one billion people with disabilities and 20 percent of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people.