Development and human rights for all

2nd DESA Forum on Disability and Development

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Introduction

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has long committed  to advancing inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. DESA Forum on Disability and Development – an initiative of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD/DESA) - aims to contribute to this objective, through facilitating policy dialogues, exchange of expertise, good practices and solutions, innovative ideas on inclusive development, and through promoting international cooperation and partnerships.

The first DESA Forum was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 19 to 20 July 2013, under the theme “Dialogue on the post-2015 Development Framework and Disability.” In collaboration with the Governments of Brazil, Kenya, the Philippines and Thailand, Disabled People's International, the Global Partnership for Disability and Development, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Rehabilitation International, and the World Bank, it featured a high-level policy dialogue on issues and opportunities for including disability in the emerging post 2015 development agenda as well as panel discussions on pertinent issues. 

Based on the success of the inaugural session, the second session of DESA Forum will be held in conjunction with the 7th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. With the cooperation and support from the Governments of Japan  and the Republic of Korea, UN ESCAP, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and private sector companies, DESA Forum 2014 will host two Round Table Discussions in conjunction with the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

2nd DESA Forum on Disability and Development

All these multi-stakeholder dialogues are intended to inform and make concrete contributions to the ongoing global and regional processes leading to the post-2015 development agenda and to advancement of  inclusive and sustainable development for all.

And in conjunction with this year’s DESA Forum, a reception and music concert will be arranged and presented by BMC,  a Korean philanthropic organization with the support of the Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea, at the North Secretariat Lobby and the Trusteeship Council Chamber from 7:00 p.m. on 13 June.

Previous sessions of DESA Forum

Documents and resources for reference

  1. UN resolutions and reports:
  2. Other resources on the following thematic issues:

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