Kesäkuun lopussa järjestettiin Maailman sokeiden unionin eli World Blind Unionin (WBU)- Ulkoinen linkki suuri virtuaalinen World Blindness Summit 2021- Ulkoinen linkki webinaareineen ja kokouksineen. Tapahtuma oli iso, mutta niin on WBU:kin – se on suurin vammaisten kansainvälinen kattojärjestö.
Lauantaina 26.6.2021 kokoontui myös näkövammaisten nuorten Youth Summit, johon osallistui Suomesta Näkövammaisten liiton nuorisotoimintaryhmän eli Nutorin- Ulkoinen linkki jäsen Joni Kokko. Nuorten kokous teki Agenda 2030- Ulkoinen linkki:n hengessä manifestin, joka alla videona, kielinä englanti, espanja ja ranska, sekä tekstinä, kielenä englanti.
Youth Manifest in English
The 2030 Agenda is based on the commitment to leave no one behind. For this, the full inclusion and effective participation of people with disabilities in society and its sustainable development are necessary. With this objective in mind, and within the framework of the World Meeting of Young People with Blindness, the first global manifesto of visually impaired youth from all the continents has been drawn up, selecting 11 of the 17 SDGs on which to focus our actions and reguirements:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
It is imperative to ensure that all men and women, particularly the poor and the most vulnerable, such as people with disabilities, have the same right to economic resources, as well as access to basic services. As young people with visual disabilities, we are committed to promoting universal accessibility as a tool to overcome poverty.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
The first barrier to the survival of any person is access to food. Malnutrition is a generator of disability in itself. Therefore, we are all responsible for an environment that guarantees access to food for everyone.
3. Guarantee a healthy life and promote well-being for all, at all ages
May disability no longer be a barrier to accessing a healthy life! Sports and diet are key to the physical and mental health of everyone. We will go further by taking care of one another!
4. Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Family is universal, education is a right, politics is a tool and inclusion is a solution. Barriers are only in the mind.
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
We must reflect and act now, for the inclusion of each and everyone, regardless of the gender or disability, supporting women and girls, looking for talent that multiplies the ability to change the world and achieve equal rights and real opportunities.
6. Guarantee the availability of water and its sustainable management and sanitation for all
We are blind youth, and like you we can't see the danger in the water but we know it exists. The planet belongs to all of us; united we can make choices that ensure all future youth will have clean and safe water that powers their dreams.
7. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
We are convinced that quality employment is the main lever for the social inclusion of people with disabilities. We believe in the circular economy as the tool capable of focusing on people to achieve real equal opportunities.
8. Reduce inequality within and between countries
As people with disabilities we understand very well the inequality that can occur between peers. Just as we do not want inequality between people we do not want inequality between countries. International cooperation is essential to eliminate the existing inequality gaps. In this sense, we are committed to a real application of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
9. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Nobody said it would be easy, but it is necessary. Building accessible and inclusive cities is everyone's responsibility and it also benefits everyone. If there is a ramp, we shouldn't build steps.
10. Take urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects
We are not extraneous to climate change, we are also responsible for caring for the planet we live on. Preserving the quality of our environment is living and ensuring our future.
11. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
We want our communities and public servants to experience and understand the needs of the visually impaired regarding public resources, security and access to justice, and for our governments to promote inclusion and help scale initiatives as directed by the blind community. Anyone who closes their eyes and imagines a better world, will imagine a world at peace.
kansainvälisten asioiden koordinaattori Sonja Ronkainen
Näkövammaisten liitto ry
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