Stage is set for the National Seminar on Disability Inclusion across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hon'ble Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India with Yuri Afanasiev, Resident Coordinator, United Nations India Nishant Pandey, Country Director, American India Foundation, Awanish Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities & Javed Abidi, Director, NCPEDP.
Javed Abidi, Honorary Director gives opening remarks. He reiterated that we cannot talk about goals like poverty and health without talking about disability.
Yuri Afanasiev, Resident Coordinator, United Nations India addressing the audience. He feels the biggest challenge at hand is to change people's mindset and it is not only about money & resources.
Ankit Jindal as part of the panel on "Taking Stock: Where are we after one year?". He feels that it is extremely important to ensure representation of persons with disabilities in the policy making process.
Amitabh Behar, Executive Director of the National Foundation for India talks about the importance of mapping the SDGs in the Indian policy framework and the legal landscape.
Praveen Kumar as part of the panel on poverty and disability. Pravin talked about the need to have disaggregated data in order to implement SDGs.
Panel on Inclusion of disability in the national development agenda: The way forward. (From left to right) - Arjun Sanyal, American India Foundation, Dr. Nandita Bhan, Public Health Foundation of India, N.S. Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Rema Nagarajan, Senior Assistant Editor, Times of India, Manas Satpathy, Executive Director, Pradan.
Rema Nagarajan talks about key disability issues that need to be tackled before we formulate strategies for a global agenda.
Arjun Sanyal says all content needs to be available & accessible to all children across educational institutes.
NS Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities closing the session. He said that Civil Society, NGOs etc have an equal role to play in implementing SDGs.