VOSAP’s remarkable thought leadership has been acknowledged by the United Nations. In an exceptional opportunity, VOSAP Ambassador Manushri Desai will present the Oral Statement in person at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on July 20, 2023, at the UN Headquarters in New York. The statement’s focus will be on “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.”

Out of thousands of NGOs, written statements of 107 NGOs were accepted and published on the UN website, including the statement submitted by VOSAP. Subsequently only 10 NGOs out of these 107 statements were selected to present to world leaders at the UN.

This incredible recognition fills us at VOSAP with deep gratitude and a sense of responsibility as a leading international NGO, working in the disability sector. It serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of our work, thought leadership and fuels our determination to further elevate the torch of progress. We are humbled by the opportunity to contribute and share our perspectives during this pivotal moment.

VOSAP firmly believes that despite the immense negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the accelerated digital transformation and adoption of technology have paved the way for virtual practices, establishing a “new norm” for earning and learning. VOSAP holds the conviction that this crisis, while detrimental during COVID-19 pandemic, presents a much larger and sustained opportunity to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, through mainstreaming over 1 billion Persons with Disabilities with remote education and employment.

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is a central global platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and preparations for the 2023 SDG Summit, which will be convened under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023.

During the HLPF, 39 presenters will participate in voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Countries such as Canada, European Union, France, Singapore, Slovakia, and others will be part of this forum.

The other NGOs participating at the event to present oral statement are C-Fam, Inc, VAAGDHARA, International Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development, World Federation of Neurology, International Federation for Family Development, The Fyera Foundation,The Brooke,Confederation of NGOs of Rural India and Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall w.V.

Numerous Major Groups and Stakeholders will take part in the event, including the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, Volunteers Stakeholders Group, Business and Industry Major Group, Non-Governmental Organization Major Group, Civil Society Financing for Development Group, Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, among others.

We invite you to join us on this momentous occasion by tuning in to the live webcast of the HLPF and the High-level Segment of ECOSOC on July 20, from 10 to 1 pm Eastern US time ,at UNTV – https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1k/k1kiiulrvr

Initiatives VOSAP UN SDGs


Voice of SAP has had the privilege of presenting six statements at various UN forums since 2018. To access and read our past statements, click here.

VOSAP remains dedicated to driving progress towards the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By uniting our voices and actions, we can create a sustainable future that leaves no one behind. Together, let us make a lasting impact.


Read below the Oral Statement:

Oral Statement_Voice of Specially Abled People Inc..docx

Leave a Reply