UN / GUTERRES DISABILITIES

12-Jun-2018 00:01:25
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said upholding the rights of people with disabilities is a “moral imperative” and a practical necessity to build “healthy, sustainable societies to the benefit of everyone – those with disabilities, and those without.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES DISABILITIES
TRT: 01:25
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

12 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Pan left, Guterres walking to dais
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Societies will never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without the full participation of everyone, including people with disabilities. We cannot afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people. Upholding the rights of people with disabilities is a moral imperative. But it is not an act of charity. It is a recognition of rights and a practical necessity, if we are to build healthy, sustainable societies to the benefit of everyone – those with disabilities, and those without.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Discrimination against people with disabilities has been going on for centuries. It will take major efforts to challenge stereotypes and to change mindsets. The powerful advocacy of the disability rights movement and the inspiring achievements of women and men with disabilities in all walks of life, from the science lab to the sports field, are creating lasting change.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said upholding the rights of people with disabilities is a “moral imperative” and a practical necessity to build “healthy, sustainable societies to the benefit of everyone – those with disabilities, and those without.”

Addressing the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today (12 Jun), Guterres said the convention was a historical commitment to the rights of people with disabilities but stressed that signing it was not enough. He said societies would never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without the full participation of everyone and added that the world could not “afford to ignore or marginalize the contributions of 1.5 billion people.” He noted that more needed to be done to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to opportunities and can participate fully in society.

The UN chief affirmed that there was also a strong gender dimension to disability as women and girls with disabilities face multiple barriers to accessing education, health services and jobs. He added that without women’s empowerment and gender equality, millions of women would continue to suffer from double discrimination based on both their gender and their disability.

Guterres called for mainstreaming disabilities in national legislation and development strategies while engaging and empowering people with disabilities. He said, “Discrimination against people with disabilities has been going on for centuries; it will take major efforts to challenge stereotypes and to change mindsets.” He noted the “powerful advocacy” of the disability rights movement and the “inspiring achievements of women and men with disabilities in all walks of life, from the science lab to the sports field, are creating lasting change.” The UN chief asserted that it would also be crucial to continue and expand the work that United Nations agencies are doing to support Governments and develop their capacity on these issues.
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