Take action now to ensure no one left behind: UN General Assembly President

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The resources and knowledge to create a more just and equal world already exist. All that is needed is the action to make it reality.

That's the opinion of UN General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft, speaking on Monday ahead of the start of a three-day meeting on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Lykketoft shared his vision of world where people with disabilities would enjoy the same rights and opportunities as their fellow citizens.

It would be a place where justice and equality reign, and where "every step of the ladder in government and business alike" would be accessible to everyone.

He stressed that such a world is not "a pure utopia," thanks to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at leaving no one behind.

"We have the resources, the technology and the know-how to make it happen. What we need now is that leaders in government, civil society and the private sector will be the change we need to see. If we are to realize this vision of a world where no one is left behind, where persons with disabilities enjoy their full human rights, then we need to take action now and to drive forward together, and to make this transformation happen."

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It has been ratified by 164 countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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