December 11, 2014
Within the context of the quickly approaching 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there have been active discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. Throughout this process, ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities has been a critical issue in the international community. The data and empirical research on the issue has been limited even though persons with disabilities make up 15% of the world’s population and 80% of them are said to live in developing countries.
Based on empirical data from developing countries including Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and the Philippines, Lamichhane has conducted research that systematically analyzes the relationships between disability, education, and employment. He presented the main finding of the book, highlighting that investments in human capital, particularly education and employment, are some of the most important factors in promoting both social inclusion and economic empowerment. When education and labor markets are made inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities, not only does their livelihood improve, so do the prospects of their families and society as a whole.
In addition to the book launch event, Lamichhane also participated as a panelist in a panel discussions including “Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals” hosted by UN-DESA. During the discussion, panelists exchanged their views on how technology promotes the social participation of persons with disabilities, as well as specific policies and practical initiatives on the topic. Lamichhane pointed out that many of the persons with disabilities living in developing countries have limited access to technology due to poverty, and that the application of universal design will benefit them without additional cost.
|Day||December 03, 2014(Wed)|
|Place||New York, US|