Disabled persons attends a program on the World Disability Day at India's northeastern capital of Agartala.The UN report says that persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15% of the world population. Agartala, India. 3rd December 2011.
The UN report says that persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15% of the world population. Persons with disabilities encounter many disadvantages in their societies and are often subjected to stigma and discrimination. They remain largely marginalised, disproportionately poorer, frequently unemployed and have higher rates of mortality. Furthermore, they are largely excluded from civil and political processes and are overwhelmingly voiceless in matters that affect them and their society. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is both a human rights treaty and a development tool, provides an opportunity to strengthen developmental policies related to the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).