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To ensure people with psoriasis are not left behind in the global post-2015 development agenda discussions, IFPA has submitted a written statement to the 2015 High-Level Segment (HLS) of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

The HLS is being held from 6 to 10 July at the United Nations Headquarters, focusing on the theme “Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals: what it will take.”

In its statement, IFPA requests UN Member States’ attention on the inclusion and equitable representation of all people with disabilities from all regions of the world and the inclusion of disability in the Targets and Indicators for Goal #1 (eradication of poverty) and Goal #3 (health) of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without attention to persons with disabilities, the transition to the SDGs will not be inclusive.

​In light of psoriasis being a disabling NCD, IFPA requests and recommends Member States, when managing the transition from the MDGs to SDGs, to ensure that no person is left out, including persons with disabilities and persons with NCDs. That refers to ALL NCDs, especially within target 3.8 on universal health coverage. As stated in WHO Resolution WHA67.9, psoriasis is a chronic, noncommunicable, painful, disfiguring, and disabling disease for which there is no cure. IFPA requests that governments take a holistic approach to health and disability.

Photo: Marcello Casal – Agencia Brasil

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