Policy Frameworks

The United Nations developed and implemented numerous international treaties and policy frameworks.These international policy frameworks serve as legal guidelines for global governances to implement and enforce legislation to address pressing global issues. Recently, the UN informed global governances policy frameworks to promote inclusivity. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed to further the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the previous century. The SDGs are an UN initiative of 17 goals to transform global citizenship by 2030. However, unlike the MDGs, the SDGs specifically included language that would promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in global governance processes.

In 2006, the UN further specified such inclusive goals through the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which inform global governance and legislation on the inclusion and accessibility throughout society for persons with disabilities. As the first human rights treaty in the 21st century, the CRPD, paired with SDGs, serve as the foundation for current and future international policy frameworks that require including persons with disabilities in planning, developing, and implementing of local and national legislation across disciplines and sectors.