Joint statement


The joint statement reflects shared commitment and aims to build greater consensus on the importance of inclusive social protection systems supporting the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities. The statement emerged from meetings and discussions between international partners working on the issues of disability and social protection. These meetings also contributed to the first report of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities to the UN General Assembly (September 2015), which highlighted the importance of disability-inclusive social protection systems.

Noting the key findings of international experiences gathered from different stakeholders, this joint statement sets out the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by persons with disabilities and their families and how social protection systems can effectively protect them from livelihood shocks, reduce and prevent poverty and enable them to participate fully in society. We hope that this statement will guide and support future action to ensure that social protection systems take into account the rights of persons with disabilities and support their full and effective participation.


As of 6 February 2019, the following organisations have committed to endorsing this joint statement:
Australia - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Germany - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Global Action on Disability Network (GLAD)
Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
European Disability Forum
International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Disability Alliance (IDA)
International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Leonard Cheshire International-University College London (LCD-UCL)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


The draft joint statement has been shared amongst international partners at the meetings of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network (Helsinki) and of the Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) (New York) on 1 February 2018. It has been presented by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva on 6 February 2019.


Joint Statement: Towards Inclusive Social Protection System Supporting Full and Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities (February 2019).


Stefan Tromel, ILO (

Veronika Wodsak, ILO (

Alexandre Côte, IDA (

Quynh Nguyen, ILO (