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