UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DEMANDS SPECIAL ATTENTION FOR MARGINALIZED MEMBERS OF SOCIETY

The post-MDGs framework should have a standalone goal on equality, a team of United Nations experts says .

The panel, tasked by the U.N. Human Rights Council to recommend priorities to include in the post-2015 agenda, warned that the absence of a standalone, cross-cutting goal on equality in the agenda could mean a repeat of the mistakes it noted were committed under the MDGs framework.

In a statement, the team explained that one weakness detected in the MDGs was their “blindness” to the issue of inequality and thus to the most marginalized members of society, which will remain until the current framework expires on December 31, 2015.

“A global goal and targets dedicated to eliminating inequalities will draw attention to the most marginalized groups and individuals, create incentives to end discrimination, trigger the creation of more precise data and adjust development aims to better respond to the reality on the ground”

More specific attention for minorities and marginalized members of society is exactly what CBR Team International wants to stand for. With our projects that focus on people with a disability and their rehabilitation, we can actively combat inequality and discrimination, by promoting integration of PWD’s in their community and by involving other community members in the rehabilitation process.

CBR Team International therefore subscribes the recommendation made by the panel, tasked by the U.N. Human Rights Council:

  1. The post-2015 agenda should incorporate equality as a stand-alone and cross-cutting goal, aiming to progressively eliminate disparities within and between the most marginalized groups and the general population as well as between countries in order to achieve more inclusive forms of development.
  2. The post-2015 agenda should include a goal on the provision of social protection floors, explicitly referencing the right to social security and a human rights-based approach to social protection.
  3. Accountability must be at the core of the post-2015 development framework. A double accountability mechanism, whereby accountability mechanisms are developed at both national and international levels, should be established.

Sources:

“No equality, no post-2015 development – UN Experts”, DEVEX

“Statement by 17 Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council on the Post-2015 development agenda”, UN Human Rights

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