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7TH SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF STATES PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

New York, 10-12 June 2014 | The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) took place on 10-12 June 2014. Prior to this, the Civil Society Forum was coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in partnership with Disability Rights Fund, Human Rights Watch, International Disability and Development Consortium and Rehabilitation International. The Civil Society Forum gathered over 200 civil society participants and Member State delegations under the theme:
Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda’.

Speakers from all panels called for greater partnership amongst national, regional and global civil society organisations in order to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the post-2015 development framework. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of disaggregation of data by disability status across all future goals and targets.

IDA Chair and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, underlined in his speech: ‘ Development at all levels and in every corner of the world must be inclusive of the rights of persons with disabilities. It must be UN CRPD driven. The rights of persons with disabilities should be mainstreamed in all aspects of development. Persons with disabilities must be able to enjoy and have their share of inclusive growth. Inclusion, non-discrimination and equity must be the driving principles on which the new global development agenda is framed.”

Comprising four sessions, the Civil Society Forun included opening statements by Yannis Vardakastanis, H.E. Ambassador Joon Oh, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Lenin Moreno, UN Special Envoy for Disability and Accessibility. Presentations were made by Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General Special Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Planning, UNICEF, the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Find out more on IDA’s website

The webcast is available here: (Part 1) (Part 2)


SIDE EVENTS
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11/6: EDF ORGANISED SIDE EVENT ON HOW TO ENSURE THE UN CRPD IMPLEMENTATION BY REGIONAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS

In the frame of the Conference of State Parties, on 11 June EDF in cooperation with the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities, the Pacific Disability Forum and the Latin American network of persons with disabilities and their families (RIADIS), organised a side event entitled: ‘Disability movement and regional cooperation: how to ensure UN CRPD implementation by regional intergovernmental organisations’.

The disability movement can coordinate its action at regional level in order to ensure that organisations of regional integration include the UN CRPD when dealing with regional strategies. The event focused on the cooperation between regional organisations of persons with disabilities to exchange best practice and mutual support.

Speakers:

- Jahda Abou Khalil , Director of Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities
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Setareki S. Macanawai , CEO of Pacific Disability Forum
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Regina Atalla , RIADIS Vice-chair
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Javier Guemes , EDF Deputy Director


12/6: EU & EDF ORGANISED SIDE EVENT ON PROMOTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE WORLD THROUGH DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

The EU and its member states are the biggest donor in the world with policies and programs on development cooperation that include objectives of fostering equality, accessibility and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities. In the new development phase of its development cooperation 2014-2020, the EU intends to continue these objectives, notably through a new set of funding instruments.

On 12 June, the European Union in cooperation with EDF, organised a side event presenting these policies and examples of programs, as well as prospects for future cooperation in this field, under the theme: ‘European external action: Promoting the human rights of persons with disabilities in the world through development cooperation’.

Speakers:

Chair: Ioannis Vrailas, Ambassador, Deputy Head of EU Delegation
Opening: Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum & Chair of the International Disability Alliance
Speakers: Inmaculada Placencia, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
Javier Güemes, Deputy director of the European Disability Forum
Diane Mulligan, Deputy Director of International Advocacy and Alliances, CBM
Tongai Dana, Leonard Cheshire Young Voices


During the Conference of State Parties, there were plenty of other side events as well.
Find more here!

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