Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Australia - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT
Japan - Japanese international cooperation agency, JICA
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNECLAC
International Labour Organization, ILO
United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF
United Nations Development Programme, UNDP
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS
Global Alliances for Social Protection - GIZ
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, ICED
Global coalition for social protection floors
International Disability Alliance, IDA

Joint statement: Towards inclusive social protection systems supporting the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities

The joint statement reflects shared commitment and aims to build greater consensus on the importance of inclusive social protection systems supporting the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities. The statement emerged from meetings and discussions between international partners working on the issues of disability and social protection. These meetings also contributed to the first report of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities to the UN General Assembly (September 2015), which highlighted the importance of disability-inclusive social protection systems. Noting the key findings of international experiences gathered from different stakeholders, this joint statement sets out the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by persons with disabilities and their families and how social protection systems can effectively protect them from livelihood shocks, reduce and prevent poverty and enable them to participate fully in society. We hope that this statement will guide and support future action to ensure that social protection systems take into account the rights of persons with disabilities and support their full and effective participation.