“The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” (Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration on Right to Development )
The development agenda is presently being debated and it is urgent that all stakeholders should participate. There is a focus internationally on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and Post 2015 Agenda. In the current MDG’s, disability not specifically included, state reports to the UN have little or no reference to disability and it could be convincingly argued that MDGs did not benefit persons with disabilities.
Now discussions are underway for a post 2015 Framework.
The WNUSP advocates that the legal barriers to full enjoyment of all human rights be removed, as a first step towards effective participation and full inclusion within the Development process. Specifically,
(1) repeal of any legal provisions that authorize detention or compulsory treatment in mental health settings;
(2) repeal of any legal provisions that authorize guardianship or substituted decision-making, a position that is congruent with provisions 12 and 14 of the CRPD. And finally,
(3) In compliance with Article 19 of the CRPD, ensure the right of choice to live in the community and being able to access a variety of support and recovery services necessary for full inclusion within the Development process and living a life of autonomy and dignity.