cbm welcomes the first ever World Report on Disability, launched at the United Nations in New York on 9 June 2011.
The report presents evidence that previous figures underestimated global prevalence of disability - it says that one billion people experience disability worldwide. It regularly quotes persons with disabilities, emphasizing the need for their voices to be heard, and its conclusions, especially regarding the world's poorest countries, strongly reinforce the need for - and worth of - cbm's work.
An historic occasion, at a critical time
On June 9th the World Health Organization, together with the World Bank, launched the first ever World Report on Disability (WRD).
This is an historic occasion. The report will focus global attention on persons with disabilities all over the world, and it concentrates on the situation of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities.
It also comes at a critical time; 150 countries have now signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). These, and other governments, are in the process of planning the implementation of this convention, and the WRD will help with this; it provides strong evidence of the need to make rapid progress to equalise rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Exclusion and discrimination – barriers to independence
The World Report on Disability - which cbm supported the development of - is based on the best scientific evidence, and draws on the knowledge of 380 experts across the globe.
It tells us that persons with disabilities globally face:
One billion people globally experience disability
The World Report on Disability presents evidence that there are one billion people in the world experiencing disability – 1 in 7 of the world’s population – and that the numbers are rising, and will continue to rise.
cbm moving forward with the World Report on Disability
The World Report presents powerful evidence supporting the need for cbm’s work. Using its recommendations, we will continue, with our partners, to promote the rights and improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
In particular we will reinforce actions recommended in the report to ensure that government and other development stakeholders:
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