The ‘Forgotten’ Two Billion!

There are currently more than 2 billion disabled people in the world. That is 37.5% of the world’s population.

Getting to know more about disabled people is getting to know more than 2 billion citizens of the world who are longing for one thing: a more accessible world…

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) a disabled person is anyone who has “a problem in body function or structure, an activity limitation, has a difficulty in executing a task or action; with a participation restriction”.


X-abled is Green Chi Group’s disability, access and inclusion platform, focusing on ABILITIES

First we had the MDG’s, then the SDG’s and now the Green Chi Group SAG’s (Sustainable Ability Goals)

Imagine the world in 2030 fully inclusive of persons with disabilities, including invisible disabilities

The concept of invisible disability takes its name from the forms of disability that are not apparent but that impact the quality of life. Among these are schizophrenia or deafness for example.

Far from clichés representing a disabled person in a wheelchair on the usual signage all over the world, the field of disability includes a vast range of disorders that are sensory, cognitive, psychological or chronic.

As we can see, disability comes in many different forms and is progressing all over the world. While some disabilities are temporary, others, on the other hand, affect the everyday actions of people in the long term.

A bit of history:

In 2000 we saw the UN adopting the MDG’s (Millennial Development Goals). Then replacing these with the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) in 2015. Now Green Chi Group is working to extend this further by trying to make a push for SAG’s – Sustainable Ability Goals

The SDGs already explicitly include disability and persons with disabilities. Disability is referenced in multiple parts of the SDGs, specifically in the parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and the monitoring of the SDGs.

Although, the word “disability” is not cited directly in all goals, the goals are indeed relevant to ensure the inclusion and development of persons with disabilities.

The implemented 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development holds a deep promise for persons with disabilities everywhere.

X-abled’s ambition is to help:

  • Raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs for persons with disabilities;
  • Promote an active dialogue among stakeholders on the SDGs with a view to create a better world for persons with disabilities; and
  • Establish an ongoing live web resource on each SDG and disability.

On our X-abled platform we invite all interested parties in sharing their vision of the world in 2030 to be inclusive of persons with disabilities.