High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) Series

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The World Bank Group on Disability
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December 3, 2013

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The UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) was held at the level of Heads of State and Government, with participation of the World Bank and other UN agencies, as well as more than 800 representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities, and the UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder, in the United Nations General Assembly, on September 23, 2013.

Reaffirming the international community’s resolve in promoting the rights of all persons with disabilities, HLMDD adopted an outcome document stressing the need to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development and of giving them due consideration in the emerging post-2015 UN development agenda.

Among other things, the outcome document underlined the need for “urgent action” by all stakeholders towards adoption and implementation of more ambitious disability-inclusive national development strategies with disability-targeted actions, backed by increased international cooperation and support.

In the HLMDD Series, key focal points on disability from the World Bank, United Nations, JICA and an international NGO discussed highlights of the outcome document of HLMDD and the way forward beyond 2015 from respective perspective.


  1. Ms. Anush Bezhanyan, Sector Manager, Social Protection & Labor, Human Development Network, The World Bank
  2. Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DESA, United Nations
  3. Ms. Aleksandra Posarac, Country Sector Coordinator, Human Development, The World Bank
  4. Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor (Social Welfare), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  5. Ms. Venus Illagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

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