The 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is scheduled to take place in both in-person and virtual format at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, from the 30th November to the 4th December 2020.
The overall theme of the 13th session is ‘A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities.’
This year’s sub-themes are focusing on:
- Disability and business: realizing the right to work in open, inclusive and accessible environments for persons with disabilities.
- Addressing the rights and needs of older persons with disabilities: ageing and demographic trends (co-chair by Liberia and CSO).
- Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD (co-chair by Finland and CSO).
Our side-events at the CoSP13
EDF will be hosting two online side-events during the CoSP13 which is an excellent opportunity to discuss the current CoSP topics in details and other critical issues related to persons with disabilities with participants.
Our first event this year will be `Building on the Bridging the Gap experience: strengthening policies and practices for inclusion and leaving no one behind´, a debate on the contribution of the EU-funded project Bridging the Gap to the implementation of the SDGs, gathering around the same roundtable high-level representatives from the United Nations, the participating countries and organisations of persons with disabilities. The event will take place online on Tuesday, 1st of December, 4:00-5:15 PM (CET).
Our other event is `Inclusion Counts: data-driven advocacy for implementation of the CRPD´ will discuss the role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in developing effective data-driven advocacy strategies to influence policy. Specifically, it will show how the ‘Innovation to Inclusion’ (i2i) project has worked on Articles 27 and 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which address Employment and Social Protection, and how the project has pivoted to address the COVID crisis.This event will take place online on Friday, 4th of December, 2:30 PM – 3:45PM Central European Time (CET)
Another conference that may be of interest:
This year’s Civil Society Forum is coming soon, and for the first time, it will be fully online. Host by the International Disability Alliance different sessions will be organised on 2 December. EDF will attend to the plenary `Living in Urgent Mode: how to safeguard disability rights achievements in era of Covid-19, climate crisis and ongoing armed conflicts´ which will take place at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (USA and Canada).
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