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Making disability visible in statistics - Side Event at the 50th Statistical Commission
6 Mar 2019 -  Better Data. Better Lives - 50th Statistical Commission (5-8 March 2019).
An increasing amount of quality data on persons with disability based on standardized tools is now made available in many countries. Indicators on persons with disability are necessary to enhance policy-making and decision-making on evidence-based programs, as well as effective monitoring. The importance of data in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of more comprehensive policies is reflected in article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Agenda which calls member countries to disaggregate indicators by disability status as stipulated in paragraph 48, to measure progress and ensure comprehensive benefit to all and that no one is left behind.
Nevertheless, a gap still exists between policy-makers, civil society and statisticians. Apart from prevalence rates policy makers often do not use the wealth of information made available by national statistical offices.