“Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development”

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Report on the Panel Discussion on Mental Well-being, Disability, and Development

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2013
11:30am-1:00pm (EST)

There is strong stigma and discrimination against persons with mental or intellectual disabilities. In disaster or conflict settings in particular, the needs of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities are often neglected. In the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development held in April 2013, the expert group concluded that 1) mental well-being should be integrated into all the social development efforts as a key indicator for sustainable development, and 2) protection and promotion of the rights of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities should be integrated and strengthened as a key priority in disability-related policies and programs.

On December 3, in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to raise awareness and mobilize support for critical issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development, WBTDLC, UN/DESA, and UNU-IIGH will conduct a panel discussion on mental well-being, disability and development at the UN Headquarters in NY. Topics such as mental or intellectual disabilities, and mental well-being as a priority in development with special attention to the life cycle perspective and its emphasis on people-centered approaches to development will be discussed.


December 3, 2013


11:30am-1:00pm (EST)



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