The following projects are part of WBU’s initiatives to empower members and ensure they are actively engaged in the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The WBU continues to work closely with global and national organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, in line with the CRPD and SDGs
Advocating for continued inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions in Uganda National Censuses, Surveys and other Data Collection Engagements
The World Blind Union jointly with Uganda National Association of the blind (UNAB), and with the financial support of CBM International implemented a national project in Uganda to advocate for continued inclusion of Washington Group of Questions in national censuses, surveys and other data collection. The goal of the project was to build capacity of persons with disabilities, government officials, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and other stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions. Download project reports below:
Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya
Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB) in partnership with the World Blind Union and with financial support from CBM International, implemented a national advocacy project in Kenya on “Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya.” The aim of the project is to advocate for implementation of disability inclusive frameworks in relation to humanitarian emergencies. The project is in response to the recommendations made in 2015 by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the government of Kenya to implement various obligations set out to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The two recommendations were: (a) adopt a national plan to ensure the protection of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and to further ensure universal accessibility and disability inclusion at all stages and levels of all disaster risk reduction policies and their implementation; and (b) provide information in accessible modes, means and formats of communication for all persons with disabilities, in all of the State party’s official languages, and indigenous languages about early warning mechanisms in case of risk and humanitarian emergency.
Implementation of SDGs in compliance with UNCRPD obligations – National Reports
This national report, commissioned by the World Blind Union (WBU) in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB), documents Kenya’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Compliance with the CRPD. It examines the extent to which Kenya’s activities aimed at achieving the goals and targets set out in the SDGs include and consider people with disabilities and that they comply with its commitments under the CRPD. This is in line with WBU’s priority of engaging with members, Disabled People’s Organisations, international development organizations and other stakeholders to protect and promote the human rights of blind and partially sighted persons to ensure they are fully included in the national development agenda.
- Download Report – PDF (English)
- Download Report in Word (English)
- Download Report – PDF (Swahili)
- Download Report – Word (Swahili)
- Recording of Webinar held to disseminate the Report
- Webinar recording on YouTube
- Webinar Transcript
- Welcome remarks by Mr. Ishumael Zhou, President AFUB
The World Blind Union in collaboration with Rwanda Union of the Blind compiled a national Report about the extent to which Rwanda’s Implementation of the SDGs complies with its obligations of the UNCRPD. The report examines how Rwanda is achieving the goals and targets set out in the SDGs and inclusion of persons with disabilities in compliance with its commitments under the CRPD. The Report was published with the support of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
The World Blind Union in collaboration with the Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) compiled a national report on the Implementation of the SDGs in Pakistan. The report examines the progress made by Pakistan regarding selected SDGs with respect to persons with disabilities (PWDs). It was published with the support of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).