More than 15 percent of the global population — over 1 billion people — are estimated to have a disability, 80 percent of whom live in developing countries. Many of them are consistently left out of development gains. In post-conflict situations, during crisis or natural disasters, People with Disabilities (PWDs) are disproportionately affected. In addition, discriminatory attitudes limit their full participation in society, and contribute to a rise in inequality.
Over the last decade, UNDP has played a positive role at both global and national levels in helping over 70 Member States to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – both through targeted efforts and through mainstreaming support to PWDs. The 2030 Agenda's pledge to leave no-one behind offers a new opportunity to help strengthen the rights of PWDs.
UNDP undertakes disability inclusive development by supporting countries to develop and strengthen disability law and policy frameworks, improve accessibility of services, social protection, livelihood opportunities, and promote the participation of PWDs in political and public life.
UNDP hosts the secretariat of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), bringing together UN entities, governments, and organizations that advance the rights of persons with disabilities.