Action 2015: a new global campaign

15 January 2015

by Tiziana Oliva

Tiziana OlivaToday is the launch of Action 2015. It's a new global campaign calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to tackle climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality. The campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of this year. In 2015, world leaders will meet at two crucial summits, in New York and Paris. There they will make decisions that will affect the billions of people who continue to face a life of hardship.

We're supporting Action 2015 because in the last 15 years disabled people have been left behind. Eighty per cent of disabled people live in developing countries and they are overrepresented among those living in absolute poverty. Through our research, our influencing work and our programmes, we're working to ensure that there is measurable progress towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 agenda.

For global development efforts to reduce poverty over the next 15 years to be successful, we need to make sure that all development efforts include disabled people. We must address the specific needs of disabled people and build an inclusive global society that allows disabled people to make choices, live independently and contribute economically.

In 2015, world leaders will agree new global development goals and we need to make sure that no-one is left behind. Today is just the launch of the campaign. The global movement will continue, as will our work to ensure that disabled people are included. We’ve already made progress tackling inequalities. Ask world leaders to finish the job in 2015. Find an Action 2015 event and add your voice to ours.

Tiziana Oliva is Leonard Cheshire Disability's international director.

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