This year’s theme of the the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. As part of the IDPD programme in New York, UNU-IIGH is organizing a panel discussion with the theme Mental Well-being and Disability: Toward Accessible and Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals. Co-organizers and panel members include the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TBD), the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, academic institutions and nongovermental organizations.This panel discussion one day prior to the official commemoration of IDPD aims to bring attention to the often complex and neglected topic of mental and intellectual disability as well as mental well-being in persons with disabilities. The panel will discuss key issues and trends on mental well-being as well as explore how the needs of this group can be inclusively represented in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panelists will focus on practical strategies and actions how for mainstreaming disability and mental well-being in development priorities.
The genuine achievement of Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals require the inclusion of the rights, well-being, and the perspective of persons with disabilities including persons with mental or intellectual disabilities in development efforts at all levels. The recently proposed SDG 3 asks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages including mental health and by 2030 to reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and well-being.