United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. While addressing the countries that are parties to the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN chief said that aforesaid rights can be fully achieved by tackling injustices, obstacles, and discrimination that the disabled population experiences.

Referring to the global action plan to bring about a more just and sustainable world Guterres said realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is important in order to fulfill the core promise of the 2030 Agenda that is ‘to leave no one behind’.  The 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention is taking place ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, commemorated on December 3 annually.

Adding further, the secretary-general said the pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequalities affecting the world’s one billion persons with disabilities. Even under regular circumstances, they were already less likely to access healthcare, education and jobs, or to be included in their communities, he added.