Statement by H.E. Ambassador YAMANAKA Osamu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the Pre-Launch Virtual Event "Disability and Development Report 2024: Accelerating the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with persons with disabilities"

Madam Moderator,
I would like to start by thanking Mr. Wilmoth and other colleagues of DESA for their tireless efforts on the forthcoming Disability and Development Report.
I have learned that the report will be one of the few references that comprehensively addresses the SDGs from a disability perspective, showing progress on each goal and target, as well as concrete measures to accelerate the realization of the SDGs by, for, and with persons with disabilities.
Japan continues to attach great importance to the protection and empowerment of individuals, especially those in vulnerable situations, including persons with disabilities.
This is the essence of the concept of human security, which is meant to embrace the key principle of the SDGs, “leaving no one behind”.
It is for this reason that Japan co-sponsors today’s Pre-Launch Event.
In this connection, Japan contributes to the production of the executive summary of the report in an easy-to-read accessible format, which will come out soon.
This is not only because Japan emphasizes the perspectives of persons with disabilities in the context of achieving the SDGs, but Japan highly values the importance of eliminating communication difficulties.
We believe the concept of the easy-to-read format is instrumental in delivering the message of this report to those who have communication difficulties and, thus, greatly deserve reading it.
Japan nominated Mr. TAMON Hiroshi, a deaf lawyer with over 25 years of practical experience, as a candidate for the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow.
We believe that his work, if elected as a CRPD committee member, would be of much help to and an encouragement for all persons with disabilities.
Here, I would like to share with you another endeavor in Japan.
That is the Act on Promotion of Information Accessibility and Communication Policies for Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force in May 2022.
This is the first law focusing on information accessibility and communication for persons with disabilities in Japan, which clearly states that national and local governments have a responsibility to develop and implement comprehensive measures for the acquisition and use of information and communication by persons with disabilities.
Japan continues its efforts to further advance various measures, beginning with improving accessibility to information for people with disabilities and enhancing means of communication and remains committed to working with DESA for this important cause.
I thank you.