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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has given the disability movement a strong legal framework to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. The 33 core articles of the UNCRPD, which cover all areas of life, must be implemented and monitored. The EU and all its Member States have a legal obligation to comply.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provides a political momentum to push for the realization of the CRPD. In fact, there is a considerable overlap between the articles of the CRPD and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the 2030 Agenda was built upon existing international and national commitments such as the CRPD.
The CRPD is legally binding while the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are a political vision for a better world to be achieved by 2030. The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are both clearly inclusive of persons with disabilities. They can be used as an advocacy platform to draw the attention of decision makers for the creation of disability-inclusive policies and programmes.
The 2030 Agenda commits, in the same spirit as the CRPD, to empower those at risk of vulnerability, including persons with disabilities. It also promotes universal respect for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.
Links between SDGs and articles of the CRPD
- Goal 1: No Poverty applies to all Convention articles
- Goal 2: Zero Hunger links with Article 28 – Adequate standard of living and social protection
- Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being for People links with CRPD Article 10 – Right to life, Article 11 – Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies, Article 23 – Respect for home and the family, Article 25 – Health and Article 26 – Habilitation and rehabilitation
- Goal 4: Quality Education links with Article 24 – Education
- Goal 5: Gender Equality applies to all Convention articles
- Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation links with Article 28 – Adequate standard of living and social protection
- Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy also links with Article 28 – Adequate standard of living and social protection
- Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth links with Article 27 – Work and employment
- Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure links with Article 9 – Accessibility, Article 20 – Personal mobility and Article 21 – Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
- Goal 10: Reducing Inequalities links with Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination
- Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities links with Article 9 – Accessibility, Article 11 – Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies, Article 19 – Living independently and being included in the community, Article 29 – Participation in political and public life and Article 30 – Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport
- Goal 13: Climate Action links with Article 21 – Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information and Article 25 – Health
- Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions links with 7 Articles: Article 4 – General obligations, Article 10 – Right to life, Article 13 – Access to justice, Article 15 – Freedom of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Article 16 – Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse, Article 18 – Liberty of movement and nationality and Article 29 – Participation in political and public life
- Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals links with Article 32 – International cooperation