The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide a political momentum to push for the realisation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In fact, there is a considerable overlap between the articles of the CRPD and the SDGs as the 2030 Agenda was built upon existing international and national commitments such as the CRPD.

The CRPD is legally binding while the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are a political vision for a better world to be achieved by 2030. The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are both inclusive of persons with disabilities and can be used as an advocacy platform to draw attention of decision makers for the creation of disability-inclusive policies
and programs. The image below shows there are only four goals in the SDGs that do not have some specific links to articles within the CRPD. Beyond the direct links, the 2030 Agenda commits, in the same spirit than the CRPD, to empowering people at risk of vulnerability, including persons with disabilities, as well as promoting universal respect for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

List of 17 SDGs and which CRPD Article(s) apply to each SDG.












The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world, and how they link to the CRPD:

GOAL 1: No Poverty (Applies to all CRPD Articles)

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger (Applies to CRPD Article 28)

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being  (Applies to CRPD Articles 10, 11, 23, 25, 26)

GOAL 4: Quality Education (Applies to CRPD Article 24)

GOAL 5: Gender Equality (Applies to all CRPD Articles)

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation (Applies to CRPD Article 28)

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (Applies to CRPD Article 28)

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth (Applies to CRPD Article 27)

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Applies to CRPD Articles 9, 20, 21)

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality (Applies to CRPD Article 5)

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (Applies to CRPD Articles 9, 11, 19, 29, 30)

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production (none)

GOAL 13: Climate Action (Applies to CRPD Articles 21, 25)

GOAL 14: Life Below Water (none)

GOAL 15: Life on Land (none)

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions (Applies to CRPD Articles 4, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18, 29)

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal (Applies to CRPD Article 32)


Source: EDF European Human Rights Report issue 2, 2018 (page 13)

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