UN health agency welcomes meeting of world leaders on people with disabilitiesListen /
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the forthcoming agreement at a first ever United Nations high-level meeting on people with Disabilities.
WHO says the meeting, scheduled for the 23 September before the start of the general debate in the General Assembly, will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities.
It will also ensure that they are able to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.
Dr Etienne Krug is the Director of the WHO's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
"As you know, there is one billion people in the world that lives with a disability, that's one in seven people have a disability. It's a number that is likely to continue growing because of ageing of population, because of non-communicable diseases, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, as well as some types of injuries, falls and road traffic crushes, for example." (21")
The document to be adopted at the conclusion of next week's high level meeting will address how to include people with disabilities in the future international development agenda.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.