UNV and UNDP engage young talent with disabilities for the SDGs

With the aid of a sign language interpreter, UN Volunteer Rupmani Chhetri (second from left, India), follows a presentation by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Rupmani serves as a UNV Advocacy Specialist on Disability with UNDP in Ukraine.

With a commitment to diversity, inclusion and leaving no one behind, UNDP and UNV are implementing a Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities to increase the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the workforce of the development sector. The programme also aims to build a talent pipeline of highly qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels.

Participants will be deployed as national UN Volunteers (in their home country) or international UN Volunteers (assignments outside of their home country). Initially, the programme will focus on engaging professionals with physical and sensory disabilities, and will have a particular focus on deploying women with disabilities as UN Volunteers.

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