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First-Ever UN Resolution on Vision Impairment

The General Assembly of the United Nations “unanimously adopted the first-ever UN resolution on vision impairment, committing access to eye healthcare for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable sight loss by 2030.” Entitled “Vision for Everyone: Accelerating Action to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” the resolution resulted from the work of Friends of Vision, an informal group of individuals at the UN who advocate for increased access to eye care for more than two billion people living with visual impairment. Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima introduced the resolution on behalf of Friends of Vision. This action represents the “first agreement of the members of this highest global body that is designed to tackle preventable sight loss,” according to the Bangladesh Mission at the UN. In dedicating the resolution to people throughout the world who are visually impaired, Ambassador Fatima urged all nations to ensure full access to eye care services for their populations. Read more about the first-ever UN resolution on vision impairment.