Disability inclusion is a fundamental human right.
When we fight to secure those rights, we move our world closer to upholding the values and principles of the United Nations Charter.
Early in my tenure, I commissioned a comprehensive review of our performance on disability inclusion.
It highlighted some examples of good practices, but mostly gaps – big gaps – across all our work, from headquarters to the field.
That is why I launched the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy last year.
It is a strategy of action – action to raise the standards of our performance on disability inclusion across the board – and action to bring about the transformative change we need.
One year on, we can see that the Strategy has catalyzed positive action, but there is still a long way to go.
I want the United Nations to be an employer of choice for persons with disabilities.
I want our humanitarian, development and peace operations to fully recognize and advance the rights of persons with disabilities.
And I want the United Nations to be fully accessible for one and all.
I welcome the initiative of the Staff Union to highlight the successes and challenges of persons with disabilities and what our Organization is doing to advance inclusion.
Our goal is clear: a world in which all people – including persons with disabilities – can enjoy equal opportunities, have a full say in decision-making and truly benefit from economic, social, political and cultural life.