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If the world is to achieve its full potential, it is imperative to include all people, disability rights activists meeting at the United Nations told journalists on Wednesday.
They were speaking in connection with the opening of a two-day conference that seeks to further implementation of the 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Kenyan ambassador Macharia Kamau is the conference president.
"Inclusiveness means that when it comes to issues of persons with disabilities, that we have to do everything within our power to ensure that their lives have the same opportunities for success as everyone else's lives. We're not talking about a couple of million people. We're not talking about just a few countries. We're talking about one billion people—that's a thousand million people on Earth; probably if not in every single community, for sure in every single country."
Ambassador Kamau said the conference comes at a time when the world looks to focus on sustainable development goals which he said should also embrace inclusiveness.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.