List of side-events: 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, 13 to 15 June 2017

 

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Title: Civil Society CRPD Forum
Date:  12-Jun
Time: 10-1; 3-6
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: Civil Society Coordination Mechanism
Co-sponsor(s): International Disability Alliance
Details: The Civil Society CRPD Forum provides an open forum for persons with disabilities and their representative organisations to discuss the full and effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), with particular regard to UN CRPD Article 4.3 and the foundation of the disability movement: “Nothing about us, without us”.
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13 JUNE

Title: ON DISPLAY TIMESTAMPed-Heidi Latsky Installation on UN Plaza
Time: 9-10.30
Venue: UN Visitors’ Entrance Plaza
Organizer: Heidi Latsky Dance
Co-sponsor(s): Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Details: Over an hour, frenetic bursts of movement from a wheelchair user, a ballerina, or two men on a path interrupt a meditative sculpture court of living sculptures and move into the audience space, effectively disrupting passive notions of viewership. Creating an exciting dynamic interchange between the viewers and the viewed, ON DISPLAY TIMESTAMPed becomes more exciting as the audience grows.
Website: www.heidilatskydance.com

 

Title: Transforming Lives: Accessibility Resources for Human Rights in Action
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: European Union
Co-sponsor(s): European Disability Forum (EDF)
Details: The side event will present available accessibility resources and examples of their use by industry (Standards, legislation,…) They can serve as a basis for developing accessibility policies and legislation. It will show how accessibility is instrumental for the enjoyment of persons with disabilities of the rights enshrined in the CRPD.
Speakers:
Moderator: Michel Servoz European Commission
Invited Panellists tbc:
– Ima Placencia – European Commission
– Anne Hoy – Canada Ontario Legislation
– David Capozzi – US Access Board
– Catherine Naughton – European Disability Forum
– Yanis Vardakastanis – European Economic and Social Committee
– Mainstream ICT manufacturer
– Susan Laurin Funka (SME)
Website: http://eu-un.europa.eu/event/side-event-transforming-lives-accessibility-resources-human-rights/

 

Title: The importance of Parasport in the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities: Legacy and International Cooperation
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Brazil – Secretariat of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Co-sponsor(s): Brazil; Inter-American Bank of Development; Brazilian Paralympic Committee
Details: Paralympic legacy in Latin American countries will be discussed, in a Panel format, as evidenced by the international cooperation project established between these countries, especially Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala. It also addresses the role of the parasport as an instrument of social inclusion and to improve the physical and motor skills of people with disabilities by acting in an active way, making them more independent for day-to-day activities and raising their self-esteem.
Speakers: Roseane Cavalcante de Freitas Estrela – Member of House of Representatives – Brazil
Marco Antônio Pellegrini – Secretary of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Brazil
Juan Pablo Salazar Salamanca – President of the National Council of Disability-Colombia.
Website: http://www.pessoacomdeficiencia.gov.br/

 

Title: Multistakeholder Partnerships: The power to create change!
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Essl Foundation MGE gemeinnütziges Privatstiftung, Austria
Co-sponsor(s): Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel; EASPD – European Association of Service Providers on Disability, Belgium
Details: To overcome the many challenges to implement the UN CRPD and achieving the goals of the SDGs, the scaling up of successful solutions is of utmost importance. This Side Event will present examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that have successfully supported models to grow from a local to a national level, creating systematic change.
Speakers:
Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, United States
Michael Fembek, Director, Essl Foundation/Zero Project, Austria
Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel
Sabrina Ferraina, Policy Manager, EASPD, Belgium
Priscille Geiser, Head of the Support to Civil Society Technical Unit, Handicap International, France
Website: www.zeroproject.org, www.easpd.eu, en.beitissie.org.il

 

Title: Education is a human right: Global strategies for teaching the world’s most vulnerable children
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Perkins School for the Blind
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Mexico, Croatia, Antigua and Barbuda, Kenya
Details: Global leaders are committed to quality education for all – including children with multiple disabilities – by 2030. Our expert panel explores practical strategies to tackle that challenge and respond to regional realities in support of Sustainable Development Goal 4’s promise to educate the most vulnerable children.
Speakers: H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the U.N.
Michael Delaney, Executive Director of Perkins International, former Humanitarian Division Director at Oxfam America
Maricar Marquez, disability advocate and member of the deafblind community
Roseanne Silberman, Professor of Blind & Visually-Impaired and Severe & Multiple Disabilities, Hunter College
Dave Power, President and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind, side event moderator
Website: http://www.perkins.org/stories/perkins-hosts-expert-panel-at-united-nations

 

Title: Sharing the story of AlManarah’s International Accessible Library, the first one in the Arab world
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 11-45-1
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: AlManarah: Association for Persons with Disabilities in Israel, Special Consultative Status ECOSOC
Details: AlManarah’s International Accessible Library, completely free and the first of its kind in the Arab world, has produced over 4000 accessible audiobooks, as well as books in formats accessible to people with print disabilities. All of these are available through AlManarah’s website and mobile app. Sharing best practices of how using ICT’s can improve the lives of PWDs.
Speakers:
Abbass Abbass, Adv. Executive Director, AlManarah
Ruba Warwar, Voice Artist, AlManarah
Despoina Papadopoulou, International Development Coordinator, AlManarah
Website: http://almanarah.org/eng/?mod=articles&ID=341
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/464827227188853/

 

Title: Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; The Nippon Foundation
Co-sponsor(s): The Permanent Mission of Senegal; Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; UNDESA/DSPD; Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham; UNESCAP (TBC).
Details: The side event will launch the new book Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) by the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University. The first of its kind focused on Southeast Asia, this edited volume evaluates the national implementation of the CRPD across all 10 countries of ASEAN.
Chair: Ambassador Fode Seck, Permanent Mission of Senegal
Welcome: Akiko Ito, UNDESA, DSPD/SCRPD
Moderator: Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, IDPP, American University
Opening Remarks: Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor and Executive Director, IDPP, American University, Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia: Lessons Learned for Regional Cooperation
– Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Disability Rights as Human Rights: Implications for Regional Cooperation
– Mr. John Paul “Pong” Cruz, Senior Analyst, G3ICT (virtual), CRPD Implementation in the Philippines
– Liza Sekaggya, Office of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Promoting Regional Cooperation Between International and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms in Implementing the CRPD
– Ms. Aissatou Cisse, Advisor to the President on Senegal on Disability, Cooperation in the Africa Region on CRPD Implementation and the Sustainable Development Goals
– Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Launching the IDPP CRPD iOS Mobile App
Website: http://www.idppglobal.org/idppcosp10/

 

Title: Media and persons with disabilities – How to change attitudes through media
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: OHCHR
Co-sponsor: Permanent Missions of Brazil and Italy to the UN
Details: Based on Article 8 of CRPD on Awareness Raising and Article 5 on equality and non-discrimination, the side event seeks to discuss strategies that can be led at local, national, regional and international levels to promote positive perceptions and combat stereotyping against persons with disabilities. It will also exchange on practices to encourage the media outlets to increase the participation of persons with disabilities in press coverage, advertising and entertainment productions in a manner consistent with the purposes of CRPD, in order to raise visibility and promote rights.
Speakers:
Mr Luca Pannese, Executive Creative Director, Pubicis New York
Ms Flavia Cintra, journalist and author
Mr Raphael Vadystadt, Social Responsibility, TV Globo
Ms Patricia Almeida, journalist GADIM – Global Alliance for Disability in Media
Website: http://www.inclusive.org.br/arquivos/30350

 

Title: Together for Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities: How to tackle multiple discrimination and inequalities
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Austria
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Ethiopia, Antigua and Barbuda, OHCHR, UN Women, International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Center for Reproductive Rights, CREA, Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre India (SMRC), Handicap International, Inclusion International, Light for the World, Lumos, Reproductive Health Matters, Women Enabled International.
Details: Due to multiple discriminations, 500 million women/girls with disabilities are exposed to human rights violations and gender based violence. This side-event will discuss opportunities, good practices and challenges that political and development processes provide for the fulfillment of human rights of women/girls in relation to their sexual and reproductive health.
Speakers:
1. Nidhi Goyal, Policy Adviser on Disability, CREA, India
2. Natalia Moreno, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Adviser, Disability Rights Promotion International, Colombia
3. Lizzie Kiama, Programme Manager, Kenyan Women with Disability Network
4. Rama Dhaka, Executive Director, NAPD – Nepal National Association of the Physical Disabled, Nepal
5. VictoriaLee, Human Rights Adviser, Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, OHCHR
Website: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/oev-new-york/news/events/17-october-2016-costing-equityeducation-finance-for-all/

 

Title: Persons with disabilities on the move- the rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: European Disability Forum, Human Rights Watch, OHCHR, UNHCR
Co-sponsor(s): CBM, Handicap International, UNICEF, European Economic and Social Committee, International Disability Alliance
Details: Globally, some 65 million people are currently forcibly displaced from their homes, the highest number ever recorded. Among the millions fleeing conflict and persecution, unprecedented numbers are people with disabilities and their families. Despite their numbers, those with disabilities are among the most neglected of all displaced people, facing significant challenges to accessing basic humanitarian assistance such as sanitation, food, and water due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a landmark political declaration that is directed at improving the way in which the international community responds to large movements of refugees and migrants, as well as to protracted refugee situations. People with disabilities should be at the core of the response.
International partners and UN agencies are also increasingly searching for ways to ensure a rights-based approach to refugees with disabilities, and the processes toward a global compact on refugees and a Global Compact on Migration are an important opportunity.
Objectives of the side event include:
• Provide a clear overview of the global refugee crisis, highlighting the data available about the situation of refugees with disabilities and other people with disabilities moving from one country to another
• Outline the human rights framework for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants, including people with disabilities
• Clarify the important ways to ensure the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants with disabilities are fully respected in line with the CRPD
• Generate recommendations for an inclusive and accessible future global compact on refugees and migration.
Speakers:  To be decided but will include UNHCR, Human Rights Watch
Website: www.edf-feph.org

 

Title: Harnessing the power of women and girls with disabilities for inclusive society and development: taking concerted action at national, regional and global levels
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 7
Organizer: DESA/DSPD
Co-sponsor(s): UN Women, ECLAC, Brazil
Details: The side event will bring individuals to share their experiences in strengthening women and girls with disabilities in development and society. The workshop is organized in response to the critical need for the international community to promote dialogue between regional and national experts and identify strategies and actions to empower women and girls with disabilities, and ensure their participation in the implementation of the of internationally agreed development goals and other commitments, and the full realization of their human rights.
Speakers:
Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), UN-DESA
Mr. Marco Antonio Ferreira Pellegrini, Special Secretary for the Rights of the Person with Disability, Ministry of Human Rights, Brazil
Dr. Linamara Rizzo Battistella, Secretary, Secretary for the Rights of the Person with Disability, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Presentations:
Moderated by Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, SCRPD/DESA
Mr. Monjurul Kabir, Programme Advisor/Head of Section, Asia and the Pacific and & LDCs, Programme Division, UN-Women
Ms. Heidi Ullmann, Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean,
Mr. Luiz Carlos Lopes, Deputy Secretary for the Rights of the Person with Disability, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Ms. Leyla Sharafi, Gender and Youth Specialist, UNFPA
Ms. Natalie Draisin, Manager, North American Office & United Nations Representative, FIA Foundation
Ms. Venus Ilagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International
Open discussion: Interactive discussion with participants
Concept note: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/cosp10_desa_side-event.docx
Networking workshop: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/cosp10_desa_side-event_networking_workshop.docx
Flyer:  http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/cosp10_desa_side-event_flyer.pdf

 

Title: Article 12: Claiming the Right to Make Decisions
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Permanent Missions of Germany and Israel to the UN
Co-sponsor: Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Justice, Israel; Beit Izzie Issie Shapiro, Israel
Details: Self-advocacy in Israel and worldwide, has led to innovative practices for removing barriers and enhancing full participation, thus paving the way to the implementation of article 12 and achieving legal capacity. Short Video of Israeli Self-Advocates will be included.
Speakers:
Dr. Gaby Admon-Rick, CRPD and Research, Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Justice, Israel
Prof. Theresia Degener, Chair of CRPD Committee and Professor of Law and Disability, Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany
Mr. Yoav Kraiem, Co-Director of Community Development and Social Change Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel
Prof. Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, USA
Mr. Anthony Phillips, Self-Advocate, Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS), USA
Website: http://goo.gl/D9zbdn

 

Title: Participation of persons with disabilities in the work of NHRIs monitoring and promoting the implementation of the Convention
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Finland
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), International Disability Alliance (IDA) and UNDP.
Details: The aim of the side-event is to bring together partners from National Human Rights Institutions and present the work being done to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Interpretation (English-Spanish), webcast and captioning will be provided.
Speakers:
Welcome and Opening Remarks: H.E. Kai Sauer, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN
Introduction and moderation: Alan Miller, GANHRI Special Envoy
Perspectives from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Theresia Degener, Chairperson, CRPD
NHRIs work in the field: national experiences from different regions: K
agwiria Mbogori, Chairperson, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights:  xperiences from Kenya
Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission: Australian experiences, introduction of the new APF manual on NHRIs and Disability
Sirpa Rautio, Director, Finnish Human Rights Centre
Kalle Könkkölä, Chair, DPO Threshold Foundation and Finnish CRPD 33.3 mechanism: Finnish experiences one year after the ratification, examples on participation
Colin Allen, Chair of the International Disability Alliance: Perspectives from DPOs
Interactive Discussion
Closing Remarks: H.E. Juan Carlos Mendoza, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN
Website: http://nhri.ohchr.org/EN/News/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=300&RootFolder=%2FEN%2FNews%2FLists%2FNews&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fnhri%2Eohchr%2Eorg%2FEN%2FPages%2Fdefault%2Easpx

 

Title: Full Inclusion in Education – Possible by 2030?
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: World Federation of the Deaf (ECOSOC accredited)
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, and Finland to the United Nations, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, International Disability Alliance, and Gallaudet University
Details: The CRPD has taken a positive and proactive approach to encouraging and promoting sign languages in deaf children’s education and as we move into the second decade of the CRPD, there is a need to ensure that Governments abide by their international human rights obligations and the SDGs.
Details: The CRPD has taken a positive and proactive approach to encouraging and promoting sign languages in deaf children’s education and as we move into the second decade of the CRPD, there is a need to ensure that Governments abide by their international human rights obligations and the SDGs. International Sign interpretation and captioning will be provided
Speakers:
Mr Florjan Rojba, World Federation of the Deaf
Mr Ram Kushal Pant, National Federation of the Deaf in Nepal
Dr Marlon Kuntze, Gallaudet University
Dr Krister Schönström, Stockholm University
Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, UNESCO
Moderator: Ms Eeva Tupi, World Federation of the Deaf
Website: https://wfdeaf.org/news/timeline/wfd-side-event-full-inclusion-education-possible-2030/

 

Title: The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network: Coordinating action among the donor community
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia; the International Disability Alliance
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom to the UN, UNICEF, UN Women, Disability Rights Fund.
Details: The mission of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network is to support bilateral and multilateral donors and organisations, the private sector, foundations and others contributing resources to work together, in collaboration with organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and partner governments, to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development. This side-event will increase visibility of GLAD as the core Network for sharing expertise, coordinating actions, and raising the profile of disability-inclusion. The side-event will also raise awareness among stakeholders of how they can support priorities under GLAD’s themes of disability-disaggregated data, disability-inclusive humanitarian action, education and social protection.
Speakers: Opening Address: HE Ms Gillian Bird, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN. Introduction and Moderation: Colin Allen, Chair, International Disability Alliance. Speakers on GLAD Network thematic priorities: Gerard Howe, Head of Inclusive Societies, UK Department for International Development (DFID); Rosangela Berman-Bieler, Senior Advisor on Children with Disability, UNICEF; Birgitta Weibahr, Senior Policy Specialist, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA); Katariina Sario, Senior Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Dr. Heike Kuhn, Head of Division 302: Human rights; gender equality; inclusion, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Websites: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/sites/default/files/glad_side-event_flyer.pdf

 

Title: Human Rights, Mental Health and Alternative Supports
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP)
Co-sponsor(s): Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Disability Alliance (IDA)
Details: In this side event, we present information on initiatives related to supports and services for people with psychosocial disabilities that are compliant with the CRPD.   All such supports and services must start from the abolition of force and coercion, and respect for the individual’s own self-knowledge as well as his or her autonomy, will and preferences. Within this framework, questions can be raised.  What is the role of mental health services in transforming support practices?   How do initiatives outside the context of mental health services, such as models based on peer support or personal assistance, play a role in promoting a shift away from the medical model of psychosocial disability?  How do these different types of projects overlap and relate to one another?
Speakers:
(Chair)  Diane Kingston, Deputy Director, CBM International Advocacy and Alliances (IAA) and Former Member of the Expert Committee for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2016, United Kingdom
Facundo Chávez Penillas, Human Rights and Disability Advisor, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Jolijn Santegoeds, Co-Chair, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP)
Sera Davidow, Director, Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC), Holyoke, MA, USA
Lucila López, Social Psychologist, User and Survivor of Psychiatry, Argentina
Tina Minkowitz, Founder and President, Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Chestertown, NY, USA
Websites:
World Health Organization (WHO):  http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/
Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP):  http://www.chrusp.org/
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):  http://www.ohchr.org/
International Disability Alliance (IDA):  http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/
Links to Flyers:  Flyer (PDF) ;  Flyer (PDF of unformatted word version)

 

Title: Assistive technology – a bridge to the society – a Nordic perspective
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Rehabilitation International in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Welfare
Details: Assistive technology is the tool, and often the first step for any next steps to ensure people with disabilities are equal beneficiaries of, and contributors to any development process. However, today only 5–15% (approximately 1 in 10 persons) of the population in need globally have access to assistive products and the problem is more acute in low- and middle-income countries. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has now recognized access to assistive technology as a human right and has called for international cooperation to improve its access (Article 32).
Speakers:
Mr. Jan A. Monsbakken (moderator)
Mr. Kai-Morten Terning, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality
Mr. Chapal Khasnabis, Project Manager, WHO
Ms. Venus Ilagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International
Mr. Terje Sund, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service
Website: https://www.norway.no/en/missions/un/events/assistive-technology—a-bridge-to-the-society/

 

Title: DPO Participation in SDG Implementation & Reporting: Experience from the ground
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Disability Rights Fund, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Australia and the United Kingdom to UN, International Disability Alliance
Details: This side event will detail the role of DPOs in the implementation of the SDGs, and how the CRPD can be leveraged to promote inclusive sustainable development for all. DPO participation in the process of reporting for HLPF 2016 and 2017 will be described.
Speakers:
Ms. Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and Disability Rights Fund
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities (Canada)
Ms. Penny Innes, Head of Disability Inclusion Team, Department for International Development (UK)
Mr. Mika Kontiainen, Director Disability, Development Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
Mr. Med Ssengooba, Program Officer for Africa, Disability Rights Fund
Ms. Risnawati Utami, Chair, OHANA Indonesia
Ms. Orsolya Bartha, Senior Adviser, International Disability Alliance
Website: http://disabilityrightsfund.org/news/events/

 

Title: Disability Inclusive Cities
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Turkey
Co-sponsor(s): Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Permanent Missions of Australia and Mexico
Details: Although urbanization is acknowledged to be one of the most significant trends of the 21st century, persons with disabilities all over the world are deprived of participating in social life and are even exposed to poverty or social exclusion as a result of unsatisfactory levels of accessibility arrangements in urban areas, facilities, infrastructures and services. Encouraging the independent living of persons with disabilities in the context of inclusive development is crucial. With this understanding, access to the built environments including public buildings, dwellings and roads, access to information and communication technologies, access to basic urban services such as education, health-care, transportation and emergency services are indispensable components of an inclusive urban life. Against this backdrop, the side event, which will be in the format of a panel discussion, will aim to present good practices vis-à-vis persons with disabilities in urban settings of three countries from diverse regions, namely Australia, Mexico and Turkey. The side event will also seek to address current challenges and gaps as well as the relevance of international cooperation in making progress in this field.
Speakers:
Welcoming remarks by H.E Mr. Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey
Remarks by Ms. Ayşe Kardaş, Deputy Under-Secretary of Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey
Remarks by Ms. Sharon Stuart, Department of Social Services of Australia
Remarks by Ms. Amalia Gamio, Independent Expert, Delegation of Mexico
Presentation by Mr. Hayri Baraçlı, Secretary General of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Interactive Q/A session
Website: RSVP: disability.inclusive@gmail.com

 

Title: Translating policy into practice: implementing disability-inclusive development to realise the vision of Agenda 2030
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers)
Co-sponsors: Government of Finland, World Bank, UK, DESA and UN Women
Details: The event will showcase good practice and lessons learnt in implementing disability-inclusive development. Global partners will share examples of how they are operationalising inclusion through policy development and practical action. It will encourage partners to implement inclusive development to realise the vision of Agenda 2030 and UNCRPD in practice.
Speakers:
– Janina Hasenson, Deputy Director, Unit for Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
– Dominic Haslam, Director of Policy and Programme Strategy, Sightsavers
– Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Advisor, The World Bank
– Monjurul Kabir, Head of Section Asia and the Pacific, UN Women
– Gerard Howe, Head of Inclusive Societies, Department for International Development (UK)
– Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA
– Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN
– Danlami Umaru Basharu, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Website: www.sightsavers.org, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/disability

 

Title: Toward a Draft General Comment on Article 19 UNCRPD
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 4
Sponsor: Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security
In collaboration with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, OHCHR, IDA
Details: The event is organised in order to raise awareness about the Draft General Comment No. 5 on the right to live independently and be included in the community (art. 19) which was endorsed by the CRPD Committee during its 17th session. Based on the received statements, the General Comment will be discussed and hopefully adopted during the Committee’s 18th session in August 2017. The event aims at: Informing stakeholders about the ongoing process of drafting a General Comment on Art. 19 CRPD; Providing a forum for interactive dialogue on the right to living independently and being included in the community
Moderator: Monthian Buntan (CRPD Committee Member)
Opening Remarks:
– Ambassador Virachai Plasai, the Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations
– Theresia Degener CRPD Chair
Speakers:
– Danlami Basharu (Member CRPD Committee)
The draft GC on article 19 CRPD
– Nadia Hadad, Member of the Board, European Network on Independent Living
Critical review from civil society perspective
– Connie Laurin-Bowie, Executive Director of Inclusion International and International Disability Alliance representative
Critical review from civil society perspective
– Rosemary Kayess, Human Rights and Disability Project, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law
Critical review from a gender perspective
Website: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/cosp10/side-events

 

Title: Statistics for monitoring the implementation of CRPD and SDG’s in the Nordic region – resources for Governments and NGO’s 
Date:  13-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Government of Norway, Ministry of Children and Equality, Norwegian Directorate of Children, youth and family, Nordic welfare center, and Nordic Council of Ministers
Details:  Statistics as a tool for monitoring living conditions for people with disabilities, is being used in several countries in the Nordic region. This has been a method even before ratifying the UNCRPD as well as the drafting process of the Sustainable development goals in Agenda 2030. The collaboration between governments and NGO:s is also a strong and appreciated tradition which brings an added value in the Nordic countries. In this seminar, several connected issues are discussed by governmental and NGO-representatives. To what extent can statistics be used in a meaningful way in the implementation and reporting cycles of the Convention and the Agenda? How can statistics be harmonized internationally in order to achieve comparable statistics and further push for change? Are there other, more meaningful ways of measuring and monitoring?
Speakers:
Ms. Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group (moderator)
Mr. Kai Morten Terning, Secretary of state, the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality
Ms. Hanne Stig Andersen, Ministry for Children and Social Affairs, Denmark
Ms. Eveliina Pöyhönen, Ministry of Welfare and Health, Finland
Mr. Bjørn Lescher-Nuland, Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Norway
Ms. Malin Ekman Aldén, Agency for Participation, Sweden
Website: https://www.norway.no/en/missions/un/events/statistics-for-monitoring-the-implementation-of-crpd-and-sdgs-in-the-nordic-region/

 


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Title: Participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 8-9.30
Conference Room: 11
Details: Collective for the Promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities
Organizer: National Council for Human Rights of Morocco
Co-sponsor: Permanent Mission of Morocco to the United Nations
Details: Enabling the active political participation of persons with disabilities requires the enhancement of their greater political inclusion. Elections are an essential step for the participation of all citizens in building democratic structures and contributing to the management of local affairs. They are an integral part of the defence of human rights and the rule of law. With the support of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco and the National Democratic Institute, The Collective for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Morocco managed to observe elections in Morocco. The 2016 legislative elections in all its phases, policy implementation and commitment of political parties and parliament made during the elections regarding disability issues have been monitored. The Accessibility Audit was implemented for the first time in Morocco and the MENA region. The National Human Rights Council is mandated to monitor elections and has observed various elections staged in Morocco. This event is an opportunity for a national human rights institution and a civil society group to share their experience and lessons learned.
Speakers:
– Mr. Khalid Ramli, human rights officer, National Human Rights Council, Morocco
– Mr. Abdelmajid Makni, Member, National Human Rights Council of Morocco and Collective for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Morocco
– Ms. Jahda Abou Khalil, General Director, Arab Organization for Persons with Disabilities(AOPD)
Website:

 

Title: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in mine action: lessons from Afghanistan
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 8-9.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: United Nations Mine Action Service
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
Details: This side event will highlight the way in which humanitarian mine action (such as the clearance of landmines and other explosive remnants of war) promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, with specific lessons learned from Afghanistan.
Speakers: Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service
Website: http://www.mineaction.org/unmas/cosp-side-event-inclusion-and-full-participation-persons-disability-mine-action-0 

 

Title: Every Woman Every Child Everywhere: Access and Dignity Displaced: Women, Children, Adolescents, and Disability in Humanitarian Emergencies
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Permanent Missions of Norway and the United Arab Emirates to the UN, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
Co-sponsor(s): Every Woman Every Child and The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, International Disability Alliance, UN Women, UNICEF
Details: The panel will examine how we can deliver integrated health and disability services to women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings. It will consider: The intersection of gender, age, and disability, and its impact on the scope of needs and delivery of health and social services in humanitarian settings; Barriers to providing quality, accessible health care and social services to women, children and adolescents with visible and invisible disabilities in humanitarian settings; Effective approaches to address the health and social needs of persons with disabilities, both physical and psychosocial, and to include those with disabilities in the design and delivery of humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, and resilience building; Data availability and improvement opportunities, as disability is not consistently screened by actors working in humanitarian and fragile settings. The panel will consider the experience of various actors in providing holistic and integrated social, vocational, and health support to women, children and adolescents with disabilities in humanitarian and fragile settings. It will also outline approaches that Member States, the UN, humanitarian and development organizations, and other stakeholders can take to ensure the provision of health services to those with disabilities, including through the empowerment of their local communities.
Opening remarks (4-6 minutes):
H.E. Kai-Morten Terning, Norway
H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, UAE
Moderator: H.R.H. Sarah Zeid, EWECEW (Moderator)
Panelists:
H.E. Ambassador Walton Alfonso Webson,  Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, President of Executive Board UNICEF
Ms. Emma Pearce Senior Disability Rights Officer, Women’s Refugee Commission
Mr. Abraham Abdallah  International Disability Alliance, Arab Organization for Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Monjurul Kabir  Senior Programme Advisor and Chief of Section, Asia and Pacific & LDC, Programme Division, UN Women
Ms. Kate Bunting  CEO, Help Age USA
Closing Remarks: Dr Victor Pineda, President of GAATES
Website: https://www.norway.no/en/missions/un/events/access-and-dignity-displaced-women-children-adolescents-and-disability-in-humanitarian-emergencies/

 

Title: Supporting Inclusive Movements: Funding the Rights of Women with Disabilities
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Disability Rights Fund / Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
Co-sponsor(s): Australian Permanent Mission to the UN
Details: The funding community is beginning to learn about the issues faced by women with disabilities. This side event explores the questions: What does funding at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights look like? What are action steps that can be taken to better include women with disabilities in funding and programs?
Speakers: Mika Kontiainen, Director Disability, Development Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia); Catherine Townsend, Co-Chair, DRF/DRAF; Dwi Ariyani, Grants Consultant, DRF/DRAF; TBD
Website: www.disabilityrightsfund.org

 

Title: Youth Perspectives: Leadership, Accessibility and Inclusion
Date:  14-Jun 10-11.30
Conference Room: B
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
Co-sponsor(s): TBC
Details: A panel of young professionals will discuss their journey in advocating for the rights of youth with disabilities, including challenges and opportunities encountered along the way. They will also relate how their lived experience is shaping their vision of an accessible world and, as activists in their communities, they will share their aspirations for supporting, and becoming, the next generation of leaders.
Hosted by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
Speakers
– Devin Brodhagen, Motivational speaker, outdoorsman
– Molly Burke, Motivational speaker and YouTuber
– Simone Cavanaugh, B.C.L./LL.B., Prime Minister’s Youth Council
– Jana Husseini, Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities/Disabled People’s International
– Amar Mangat, Deaf youth representative
Contact: Roan.Ramos@international.gc.ca

 

Title: Disability-inclusive employment policies supporting the eradication of poverty
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations
Co-sponsor(s): Bangladesh, Ecuador, Zero Project/Essl Foundation, Access Israel
Details: The importance of employment to empower persons with disabilities and its potential to contribute to reducing poverty – in this Side Event, representatives from Government and Civil Society present innovative policies and practices from all around the world that have successfully supported the integration of persons with disabilities in the open labour market.
Speakers:
– H.E. Mr. Jan Kickert, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN
– Mr. Martin Essl, Zero Project/Essl Foundation
– Mr. Chapal Khasnabis, Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)/WHO
– H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh
– Ms Michal Rimon, Access Israel
– Mr. Xavier Torres, President of the National Council on Disabilities of Ecuador
Website: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/oev-new-york/news/events/14-june-2017-disability-inclusive-employment-strategies-supporting-the-eradication-of-poverty/

 

Title: Nothing about us without us: Enhancing participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life in Asia & Europe
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: CBM, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Co-sponsor(s): CBM, International Disability Alliance
Details: This side-event will bring together experts from Asia and Europe to share recommendations and best practices ensuring meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life in Asia and Europe, and exchange ideas on how regional processes in both regions can support national implementation.
This side-event is organised in follow-up to the 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on the topic “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights”, co-organised by the ASEF, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Speakers:
Welcome remarks: Vanessa VOVOR, Asia-Europe Foundation
Moderator: Ms Mirjam Gasser, CBM Switzerland
Panelists:
• Dr Rosemary KAYESS, Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia
• Risna UTAMI, Chair of the Indonesian National Consortium for Disability Rights (INCDR)
• Nadia HADAD, Executive Committee Member, European Disability Forum (EDF), and Board Member, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
Website: http://asef.org/projects/themes/governance/4275-nothing-about-us-without-us-enhancing-participation-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-political-and-public-life-in-asia-and-europe

 

Title: Living Conditions Among Persons with Disability in Zimbabwe: Findings of a National Representative Household Survey
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF
Co-sponsor(s): Zimbabwe UNICEF
Details: Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution which fully assets the rights of persons with disabilities. In the same year, it ratified the UNCRPD. Government of Zimbabwe in partnership with UNICEF Zimbabwe subsequently carried out a survey on “living conditions among persons with disabilities” as the first step towards the implementation of the UNCRPD. The survey had a biased focus on children and recognition of rights of persons with disabilities to education, health care, welfare, freedom from discrimination and abuse inter alia. The planned event seeks to share knowledge and best practices and to create synergies for cooperation and partnership between researchers, Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and practitioners as well as networking to foster rights of persons with disabilities.
Speakers:
Mrs Priscah Mupfumira, Honourable Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Zimbabwe
Deputy Minister Adrien Musiiwa, Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
Gibson Mhlanga Principal Director, Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe
Moderator: TBA (Cecilia Nleya and Precious Sibiya)
Website: www.uncrpdimplementationzimbabwe.org

 

Title: Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea towards the Ideal
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: B
Organizer: Keystone Human Services International (KHSI)
Co-sponsor(s): The Hans Foundation; Ministry of Labor, Social Protection, and Family of the Government of Moldova; National Trust of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India; Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the UN; YAI
Details: Join our panel of experts from the Republic of Moldova, India and the United States to discuss what it takes to develop a community based system of support as an alternative to the congregated, segregated institutions and their resultant oppression and loss of identity for those with psychosocial/intellectual disability.
Speakers:
Charles J. Hooker, III, President/CEO, Keystone Human Services; Dr. Ludmila Malcoci, Regional Director for KHSI, Central and Eastern Europe, Executive Director, Keystone Moldova; Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director, Keystone Institute (US), Director, Keystone Institute India; Anastasia Oceretnii, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labor, Family, and Social Protection, Government of Moldova; Shweta Rawat, Chairperson, The Hans Foundation; Ravi Dahiya, Chief Program Officer, YAI
Website: www.keystonehumanservices.org/cosp10 
Contact info: Charles J. Hooker, III (chooker@keystonehumanservices.org)

 

Title: Monitoring and Evaluating Implementation of UN SDG and CRPD using Big Data and Text Mining Tools
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University and UN DESA, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Co-sponsor(s):  AXS Lab, Inc.; UN Expert Network on Monitoring and Evaluation of Disability and Development (MEDD); Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Details: Monitoring and implementing major global policy frameworks is in some ways even more challenging that getting agreement on those frameworks themselves. This side event presents an overview of several approaches to measure: (a) Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the UN SDGs and in the activities of international development organizations; and (b) Implementation of the UN CRPD by countries that have signed and ratified the Convention. We also discuss progress towards including these methods in the upcoming Flagship Report on Disability and Development for the UN General Assembly.
Speakers:
Moderator: Dr. Maria Martinho, Social Affairs Officer, UN DESA/DSPD/SCRPD
Opening Address: Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University. Big Data Analytics and Text Mining: Potential and Pitfalls for Analyzing SDG and CRPD Implementation
Mr. Jason DaSilva, Creator, AXS Map, Mapping Accessibility via Mobile Apps: Data and Visualization
Mr. Holger Dieterich, Creator, Accessibility.cloud, Crowdsourcing and Open Source Access to Global Accessibility Data
Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Assessing Progress towards Implementation of the CRPD: Challenges and Opportunities
Discussion: Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, IDPP, American University
Website: http://www.idppglobal.org/idppcosp10/

 

Title: I decide, therefore I am – the new human rights paradigm for persons with disabilities. CRPD Article 12 implementation – realizing the right to legal capacity of persons with disabilities [WATCH THE WEBCAST ARCHIVE]
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: The Permanent Missions to the UN of Australia, Bulgaria, India and Colombia, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law and International Disability Alliance
Details:  Denial of legal capacity deprives persons with disabilities from the enjoyment of other human rights such as the right to vote, the right to have a family, the right to health and medical treatment, consent to intimate relationships, etc.
Until now, different countries have initiated legal reforms for the implementation of CRPD Article 12, but there are still not many commonly recognized legislative models of supported decision making worldwide. This panel will discuss a number of pilot projects that explore supported decision making in practice, and will encourage the further exchange of ideas, models and solutions to shape the legal reforms and practices, government policies and programmes, as well as the everyday social practices of individuals, their supporters and communities. Event will be presented in English with sign language interpretation and live captioning. For reasonable accommodation requests, please reach out to Meg Mszyco at mszycom@hrw.org.
Opening remarks: H.E. Georgi Panayotov, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria and President of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – CRPD
Craig Mokhiber, Deputy, OHCHR/NYO
Moderator: Facundo Chavez-Penillas, OHCHR
Panelists:
– Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
– Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
– Navreet Singh Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of India
– Juan Pablo Salazar, Director, Plan Presidencial de Inclusión de Personas con Discapacidad, Colombia
– Marieta Dimitrova, Lawyer, Legal Consultant, Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law
– Carlos Ríos-Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate, Human Rights Watch
– Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance
Website:  https://www.hrw.org/supporting-resources/304551/cosp-2017-side-event-i-decide-therefore-i-am-new-human-rights-paradigm
Flyer: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/supporting_resources/2017_06_crpdarticle12eventflyer14june17.pdf
Concept Note: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/supporting_resources/2017_06_crpdarticle12conceptnote14june17.pdf

 

Title: Electing Women with Disabilities: Why and How to Ensure a Gender- and Regionally-Balanced CRPD Committee
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 7
Organizer: OHCHR
Co-sponsor(s): OHCHR (confirmed), UN Women (confirmed), Germany (TBC), Finland (TBC), Ecuador (TBC), Women Enabled International (confirmed), International Disability Alliance (confirmed),
Details: States Parties have succeeded in increasing diversity of experts with disabilities in the CRPD Committee. Nevertheless, challenges remain in gender and regional balance. This side event aims at exchanges good practices that can contribute to revert this situation.
Speakers:
Moderator: Facundo Chavez-Penillas, OHCHR
Ms. Theresia Degener, Chair of the UN CRPD Committee
Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Ms. Nadya Shabani, Director of the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Mr. Carlos Ríos-Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate, Human Rights Watch
Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance
Website:

 

Title: Technology builds better lives
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 9
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Turkey
Co-sponsor(s): Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey, and Vestel
Details: Innovative technologies play key role in promoting independent living for persons with disabilities in the context of inclusive development process. Through offering new opportunities and means, innovative and inclusive technologies transform lives and increase the quality of the lives of persons with disabilities. Multifaceted cooperation of different stakeholders such as civil society, private and the public sectors in the process of design, production and dissemination of innovative and inclusive technologies; in other words, technologies that can be used by all, will enable persons with disabilities to access technologies more effectively. The side event, which will be in the format of a panel discussion, will present various activities and efforts of the Turkish focal point in the field of disability, namely the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, which are aimed at promoting access of persons with disabilities to new technologies in Turkey in order to ensure their effective participation in the development processes. Disability inclusive and innovative technology applications of Vestel (a Turkish private sector company), which can be evaluated as good examples of innovative technologies in Turkey will be shared with the participants.
Speakers:
Welcoming remarks by H.E Mr. Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the U.N.
Remarks by Ms. Ayşe Kardaş, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey
Presentation by Mr. Tunç Mehmet Berkman, Chief Marketing Officer of Vestel
Interactive Q/A session
Website: RSVP: technology.builds@gmail.com

 

Title: EU initiative Bridging the Gap (BtG): Achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: European Commission
Co-sponsor(s): OHCHR, European Disability Forum (EDF), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Spain, Italy, Finland, Austria, Paraguay.
Details: Through presenting the EU initiative Bridging the Gap this event will explore ways to ensure the 2030 Agenda is implemented in line with the CRPD by:
– Developing tools to facilitate aligned SDGs and CRPD implementation (including CRPD indicators, and disability inclusive public policies)
– Establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships
– Making development cooperation disability-inclusive.
Speakers:
Moderator: Emmanuelle Grange, Head of the Disability and Inclusion Unit European Commission
Invited Panellists tbc:
•Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -Catalina Devandas
• Disability HR indicators. – BtG1Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Victoria Lee.
• DPO representative from BtG I – participation of DPOs in developing indicators tbc
• Representative of an EU Member State partner to Bridging the Gap 2, supporting the mainstreaming of disability in public policies – Laura Frigenti, Director of the Italian Agency for the Development Cooperation Italy
• Representative of a State partner to BtG II – Planning reforms to align national policies to the UNCRPD Mr. Bdreeen, Secretary General of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Sudan
• European Disability Forum – Advocacy and capacity building for multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD – Catherine Naughton
Website: http://eu-un.europa.eu/event/side-event-achieving-sdgs-line-un-convention-rights-persons-disabilities/

 

Title: Telling Our Stories: How film and videos can inspire as well as entertain
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: The World Bank
Co-sponsor(s): ABILITY Magazine
Details: Two short films demonstrate how documentaries and feature films can raise awareness of disability issues in ways that entertain, delight and inspire audiences around the world. An engaging World Bank mini-documentary chronicles a disabled animator’s journey of discovery in the developing world; while a selected cut from Michael Keaton’s Academy-Award nominated short feature A Different Approach depicts the positive side of hiring people with disabilities.
A panel discussion explores the issues raised by these films and how they can be used to change perceptions.
Speakers:
Charlotte Vuyiswa McClain-Nhlapo, World Bank, Lead Specialist
James Sullivan, World Bank, Filmmaker and Animator
Chet Cooper, ABILITY Magazine, Founder
Lia Martirosyan, ABILITY Magazine, Media edito
Website: http://www.abilitymagazine.com

 

Title: Private sector solutions for persons with visual disabilities – how to secure web accessibility for all
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: E
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Denmark, Antigua & Barbuda, Mexico to the UN, UN Global Compact, Siteimprove
Details: This side event will discuss how to foster increased private sector innovation towards solutions for persons with disabilities, and specifically show case a web accessibility solution already existing in the market, and while addressing how this particular solution can help overcome the issues persons with visual disabilities are faced with when using the internet.
Moderator: Lise Kingo, Executive Director UN Global Compact
Remarks by:
H.E. Mr. Walton Alfonso Webson, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Antigua & Barbuda
H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark
H.E. Mr. Juan Jose Gómez Camacho, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico
Ms. Liri Kopaci-Di Michele, Head, Equality Division, Council of Europe
Mr. Ronen Rapoport, Web Accessibility Focal Point, IDTFA, UN
Presentation of Siteimprove’s web accessibility solution:
Mr. Roger Fuhrman, Vice President, Siteimprove
Mr. Kevin Rydberg, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant, Siteimprove
Website:

 

Title: Taking a bite out of Unconscious Bias, Perceptions, Non-inclusion and Chocolate
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: ABILITY Awareness
Co-sponsor(s): Chapman University – Thompson Policy Institute on Disability, Johnny Hatch Project, abilityJOBS.com, Find Your Calling – inclusive interactive workshops, and ABILITY Magazine
Details: While attendees might be eating some chocolate treats, they will learn about perceptions through the untold history of disability; our daily unconscious bias toward others and the harm it creates; how to bring full inclusion in all situations, plus some new assistive technologies changing people’s lives. Audience participation is encouraged.
Panelists consisted of:
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; a faculty member at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights; and the co-director of Columbia University’s Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture project. Maya has interdisciplinary training in law, political science, medical ethics, and research on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics. Her work focuses on the impact of scientific technologies, particularly reproduction and genomic data, on policy, equality, and social inclusion; and on disability rights. She currently investigates the uses of psychiatric genetics and next-generation sequencing in judicial and pediatrics settings.
Paul Pelland’s mission is to document riding a million miles with MS, for MS. His hope is that by sharing his unique story he will inspire others who are facing tough challenges navigate through life’s road, while also raising awareness and funds as he continues Chasing The Cure. “I once was told a cure for MS was a million miles away, so I thought I would just go get it and bring it back.”
Christina Cannarella, is the founder of Mother Road Entertainment, an all-inclusive multimedia company focused on creating content and opportunities representing people of all abilities. She is currently working on The Johnny Hatch Project- a documentary that is currently in production with an educational outreach component using art and story-telling to bring inclusive opportunities in school settings.
ABILITY Corps and Christina have joined forces with Find Your Calling (FYC) Workshops: Inclusive workshops providing teens and adults of all abilities to learn more about career opportunities in certain industry sectors such as Television/Film and Fashion.
Lia Martirosyan, Co-Founder of ABILITY Corps, introduces and screens a brief clip of a historic film produced in 1978, years before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet the title of this Oscar Nominated film is A Different Approach (ADA). This was Michael Keaton’s first film and has many stars from that era. The ADA can be described as a comedy-musical designed to encourage and promote the accurate portrayal and employment of people with disabilities. It was targeted to the entertainment industry, and was used to “break the ice” to “hire the handicapped”. Never widely distributed.
Chet Cooper (Moderator) – Chet is the Editor-in-Chief of ABILITY Magazine. Chet lead this diverse panel of educators, content producers, and game changers. Chet’s background includes building the first job board for job seekers with disabilities, the first volunteer home builders with disabilities program and the creation of one of the top 50 on-line magazines in the world.
Website: https://abilitymagazine.com/ability-un-crpd-talking-unconscious-bias

 

Title: Communication as key for inclusion and participation
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Permanent Missions of Germany, Australia, and Israel.
Details: For persons with disabilities access to information and communication is key when it comes to exercising freedom of opinion and expression and many other fundamental rights and freedoms. States Parties have different approaches for ensuring the accessible communication of persons with cognitive impairments or a hearing disability. Germany’s Law to Further Develop the Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, which came into force on 27 July 2016, places special emphasis on facilitating accessible communication. This side event showcases the different approaches and practices regarding easy-to-read formats for persons with cognitive impairments and sign language for deaf persons.
International sign interpretation, CART and a Live webcast will be provided.
Speakers:
Welcome Remarks: Thomas Schieb, Minister Plenipotentiary
Panellists:
– Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller (Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
– Ms. Sharon Stuart (Department of Social Services, Australia)
– Representative from Access Israel (“Pay It Forward in Sign Language”)Moderator and Closing Remarks
– Dario D’Ambrosi (President, “Teatro Patologico”, Italy)
– Verena Bentele (Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities)
Website:

 

Title: DESA/DSPD Forum on Advancing Accessible and Inclusive Urban Development for All
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 3-6
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: DESA/DSPD
Co-sponsor(s): UN Habitat III Secretariat, General Assembly of Partners -Persons with Disability, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, Rehabilitation International, International Transport Forum, Essl Foundation, FIA Foundation and the Governments of Ecuador, Germany, Singapore, Oslo City and New York City
Details: The Forum will bring together experts, urban policy-makers and practitioners from Governments, including local authorities, UN system and civil society active in both urban sectors and disability communities, especially organisations representing persons with disabilities and older persons and will (1) discuss and share expertise and experience in capturing economic and social benefits of accessibility in urban development contexts; (2) generate a set of specific recommendations calling for enhanced actions, partnership and concerted efforts at the global and local levels for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs, and for promotion of accessible and inclusive urban development for all.
Speakers:
Opening remarks: Accessibility and inclusive urban development for all
Ms. Ana Moreno (Habitat III Secretariat), DESA
High Level Dialogue on promoting accessible and inclusive urban development, capturing socio-economic benefits of accessibility
Moderated by: Mr. Eric Guozhong Zhang, UNDESA/DSPD/Secretariat for the Convention on the CRPD
Capturing the Socio-Economic Benefits of Accessibility: case studies on accessible transport and accessible tourism: Ms. Marina Diotallevi ( World Tourism Organization) , Mr. Lorenzo Casullo (International Transport Forum)
Perspective and commitments of Ecuador
Perspective and commitments of Germany
Asian Pacific regional experience in promoting accessible urban development Mr. Nagesh Kumar (Director of Social Development Division, UNESCAP)
EU experience and lessons learnt. Ms. Inmaculada Placecia-Porrero (Focal point on disability, European Commission)
Narrowing the gaps between the commitments and practices on the ground in the contexts of urban planning and development Dr. Victor Pineda (Co-Chair of Habitat General Assembly of Partners- Disability)
Accessible transportation and the achievement of universal education for All Ms. Janett Jimenez (GAATES)
Accessible and inclusive urban development for all: a case study: Ms. Venus Ilagan (Secretary General of Rehabilitation International)
Inclusive urban planning – a public health perspective Dr. Chapal Khasnabis (Essential medicines and health products, World Health Organization)
Population ageing, Silver economy and accessible urban development: a business case to make Ms. Katherine Kline (General Assembly of Partners- Older Persons)
Investing in accessible, integrated and safe roads and transportation system as a public good and socio-economic imperative Ms. Natalie Draisin (Manager, North Am and UN, FIA Foundation)
Harnessing the socio-economic benefits of accessibility: a perspective from private sector Mr. Marco A Soriano (Global Managing Partner, SG Holdings LP)
Ways forward to implement the New Urban Agenda and to further promote development to be accessible and inclusive for all
Moderator: Mr. Michael Fembek (Programm Manager, Essl Foundation)
Presenters:
Ms. Siam Imm Goh (Technical Director, Building and Construction Authority, Singapore)
Mr. Victor Calise (Commissioner of Mayor’s Office on Persons with Disability , New York)
Ms. Ann Marit Sæbønes (former Mayor of City Oslo, Council on Disability)
Website:
Concept note: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/cosp10_desa_forum_cn.docx
Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/cosp10_desa_forum_programme.docx

 

Title: Children with disabilities in the global study on children deprived of liberty
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Lumos, OHCHR
Co-sponsor(s): Jordan (more governments TBC), Human Rights Watch, Inclusion International
Details: The Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty can play an important role in addressing rights violations against children with disabilities in institutions and other settings. This side event will look at the study through a disability lens and encourage States, DPOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders to engage with it.
Speakers:  Dr Muhannad Al Azzeh, Secretary-General of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Mihaela Ivanova, self-advocate, Lumos Bulgaria; Markus Schefer, Professor for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Basel, Switzerland; Sue Swenson, President Elect, Inclusion International; Emina Cerimovic, Researcher, Human Rights Watch; Georgette Mulheir, CEO Lumos
Website: https://wearelumos.org/event/children-disabilities-global-study-children-deprived-liberty

 

Title: Accessibility Issues for Hard of Hearing Persons
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: E
Organizer: International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) – ECOSOC accredited NGO
Co-sponsor(s): International Disability Alliance
Details: Accessibility is key to the integration of hard of hearing persons in society. Hearing aids, assistive devices and captioning are essential yet many individuals go without due to issues of cost, stigma and lack of an infrastructure. These issues exist worldwide and particularly in developing countries.
Speakers: Dr. Ruth Warick, President, IFHOH; Avi Blau, Vice-President, IFHOH; Patrick Gift Egessa, Board Member of IFHOH
Website: www.ifhoh.org

 

Title: Defiant Lives – the rise and fight of the disability rights movement (Documentary Film)
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: People with Disability Australia
Co-sponsor(s): The Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN, Fertile Films, Sydney Community Foundation, Disabled People’s Organisations , Australia, Australian Centre for Disability Law
Details: Defiant Lives is a new landmark feature documentary chronicling the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. Made over eight years, containing more than 600 pieces of archival footage, this highly anticipated film will premiere at Sydney Film Festival on June 12th. Documenting the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in Australia, the UK and USA this film looks at how activists around the world helped to free their people from incarceration in institutions and came to a new understanding of disability by reframing it as a problem of society rather than a problem existing within individuals. The film is filled with rare archival imagery and teases out a nuanced little known story about how disabled people have literally changed our world. This film is captioned in English. Audio description available through MovieReading. Download the app at https://www.moviereading.com/en/. International Sign interpretation and captioning will be provided.
Speakers: Sarah Barton, Director & Co-Producer, Fertile Films, will introduce the film and hold a Question & Answer session following the screening.
Website: http://www.fertilefilms.com.au/defiant-lives, http://www.fertilefilms.com.au, http://www.dpoa.org.au, http://www.pwd.org.au

 

Title: Changing perceptions, changing lives through inclusive sports
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 7
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Andorra to the UN
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Monaco and San Marino, UNICEF and UNESCO
Details: The side event aims at raising the role of inclusive sports as a way to contribute to the full and equal realization of the rights of persons with disabilities. The discussions will focus on how sports can empower persons with disabilities, while changing the communities’ attitudes towards them. Inclusive sports should be used as an opportunity, along with its values, to the universal implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Moderator:  Mrs. Cristina Gallach, Former UN USG for Communications and Public Information
Speakers:  H.E. Mrs. Elisenda Vives Balmaña, Permanent Representative of Andorra to the UN;  H.E. Ms. Isabelle F. Picco, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UN;  H.E. Mr. Damiano Beleffi, Permanent Representative of San Marino to the UN;  Ms. Catherine Carty, Manager of the UNESCO Chair “Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness” at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Co. Kerry Ireland and Chair of the GPcwd Task Force on Physical Activity and Sport;  Mr. Xavier Cañada, Director of Social Affairs of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Justice and Interior of Andorra;  and Mr. Albert Llovera, Andorran Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and driver in the Dakar Rally.
Website:

 

Title: Electing Women with Disabilities to the CRPD Committee: A Discussion and Strategy Session
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Women Enabled International
Co-sponsor(s): UN Women
Details: In preparation for the June 2018 CRPD Committee elections, this guided discussion will provide information about running for the Committee, as well as a chance to strategize about how to put women with disabilities forward for the Committee and promote their
Speakers:
Representative of UN Women, Moderator
Lead Discussants: Stephanie Ortoleva, President, Women Enabled International; Current or former member of the CRPD Committee (tbc); Representative of Local DPO (tbc)
Website:

 

Title: Nigerian/African diasporas & Presidency’s Office roles in breaking barriers placed on Implementation of CRPD
Date:  14-Jun
Time: 6.15-8
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc.; in collaboration with The Nigerian Presidency’s Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Disability Matters
Co-sponsor(s): Anambra State Government; Plateau State Disability Rights Commission, Plateau State Government, Foundation for the Support of Nigerian Veterans, FESTAC-USA, Inc.; Kaysom Holdings, Inc.; Living for Disability Initiative, STACCOM Foundation, Inc.; Kpakpando Foundation; Office of the National Organizing Secretary for the APC; RI-Nigeria, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD-USA), USA, Chapter; Platinum Projects, (Nig) Ltd.; BEATRONICS, Inc, Nimo Brotherhood Society Americas; Handover Heals Foundation, Inc; Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ); Nassarawa State Government, Kogi State Government; Katsina State Government, Kebbi State Government, Center for Citizens with Disabilities, Future Assured, Kogi Women and Youths Advancement Foundation (KOWYAF), as well as Anglican Girls Secondary School Ogidi, Global Mama Care, Inc. and Arms of Comfort, Inc.
Details: January 13, 2017, marked one decade the CRPD was adopted and also, March 30, 2017 was one decade Nigeria signed it and its accompanying Optional Protocol, which the Nigerians in the Diaspora, directly, diplomatically, advocated and negotiated for its success. On September 24, Nigeria also ratified same. This Second Decade of Nigeria’s signing of the CRPD; there are a lot of Permanent Barriers, placed on true inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, in the Implementations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); Disability-Inclusive Developments and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda, in Nigeria, which must, collaboratively, through Public-Private-Partnerships (P-3) be broken, to allow signing into law, a National Disability Rights Bill with an independent implementation Commission.”
Speakers:
Moderator: Mrs. Oluwakemi Okufuwa, Executive Secretary, Foundation for the Support of Nigerian Veterans.
Welcome Remark By Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President, Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc.
Opening Remark by H.E. Ambassador Prof. Tijani Mohammed-Bande, PR, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN.
Remark by the Hon. Dr. Samuel Ankeli, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Disability Matters.
Remark by the Distinguished Senator Osita Izunaso, APC National Organizing Secretary,
Panel discussion:
1. Presentation of UN DSPD/DESA, CRPD Tool-kit for Africa.
2. Mr. Idriss Alzouma Maiga, Vice Chair, ADF, Representing both the IDA/ADF
3. Ms. Andrea Shettle, Representing the USICD
4. Mrs. Christina Ude, SDGs, Consultant for SDGs Committee Nigerian House of Representative/National Assembly
5. Barrister Medi Ssegooba, Esq., Program Officer for Africa, Disability Rights Fund
6. Barrister Chukwuka Betrand Ezewuzie, Senior Special Assistant to the Anambra State Governor on Disability Matters
7. Mrs. Ngozi Pauline Ikebuaku, Director of Disability-Inclusive Education, creative Arts and Culture, Anglican Girls Secondary School Ogidi and Anambra State Government.

Award Ceremony: Those who worked & continued to work with us, in breaking barriers placed on true implementations of the CRPD, Disability-Inclusive Development & SDGs.

  1. The Distinguished Senator Osita Izunaso
  2. Hon. Dr. Samuel Odeh Ankeli
  3. Mrs. Oluwakemi Okufuwa

Closing Remark by Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom

Please contact us, c/o Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom @: erpdi@yahoo.com; or Phone# (832) 758-0612


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Title: Reforming social services in Europe to embrace the human rights approach
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 8-9.30
Conference Room: 7
Organizer: European Union
Co-sponsor(s): Council of Europe, EASPD
Details: This event will focus on the changes required in support services to embrace and implement the human rights approach: the adoption of stable and sustainable legal and financial frameworks, structural involvement of persons with disabilities and training of professionals will be presented alongside models of good practice.
Speakers:
-Liri Kopaçi-Di Michele, Head of Equality Division, Council of Europe
– Inmaculada Placencia, Senior Expert Disability, European Commission
– Madi Sharma, European Social and Economic Committee
– Evelina Poyhonen, Finish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
– Emanuel Darmanin, Malta National Focal Point Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
– Ana Pelaez, European Disability Forum
– Sabrina Ferraina, Policy Manager, EASPD
Website: http://eu-un.europa.eu/event/side-event-reforming-social-services-europe-embrace-human-rights-approach/

 

Title: Inclusive Education
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 8-9.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: National Secretary of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Brazil
Co-sponsor(s): Brazil; MAIS – Movimento de Acao e Inovacao Social
Details: Over 90% of kids with disabilities are enrolled in regular schools in Brazil, that also created quotas for students with disabilities at federal universities. The Supreme Court ruled that private schools should accept students with disabilities without charging extra taxes. MAIS, produces innovative resources and educational strategies in universal design.
Speakers:
Ministry of Education (name to be confirmed)
Maria Antonia Goulart (MAIS)
Mara Gabrilli (House Representative)
Website:

 

Title: From Policy to Action – Institutionalising Self-Representation
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 8-9.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Government of South Africa
Co-sponsor(s): International Disability Alliance, China and Zimbabwe.
Details: The principle of self-representation is paramount in ensuring an adequate standard of living, and is intrinsically intertwined with the concepts of empowerment, participation, and independent living.
The debate will focus on specific measures which have proven to be effective in institutionalizing the right to self-representation, inclusive of legislation, policies, budgeting/financing, target setting/quotas as well as reporting.
Speakers:
Chair: Deputy Minister of Social Development
Ms Hendrietta Bogopane -Zulu ( South Africa)
Panelists: South Africa, China, Zimbabwe and International Disability Alliance
Website: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/sites/default/files/side_event_17.flyer_.docx

 

Title: CRPD Implementation: Requirements for an Accessibility Profession
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies)
Co-sponsor(s): AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
Details: Designing accessible products, services and environments is a complex endeavor requiring in-depth knowledge of the interactions between persons with disabilities and technologies. This session will examine the progress made to promote an international curriculum and certification path for accessibility professionals and how governments and corporations are increasingly relying on it.
Speakers: Session Chair: Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems. Panelists: Axel Leblois, President, G3ict; Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Institute of Technology; Damian Sian, Sr Web Accessibility Advisor, Princeton University; Albert J. Rizzi, CEO, MyBlindSpot
Website: www.g3ict.org

 

Title: Promoting inclusion and equity for all in education
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: World Bank
Co-sponsor(s): UNGEI, Leonard Cheshire Disability, UNICEF
Details: The event will present a global study by UNGEI and LCD on the barriers faced by girls with disabilities in education, and briefs, booklets and webinars prepared by the World Bank and UNICEF on disability and education highlighting measures promoting inclusion for all in education systems.
Speakers:
Nora Fyles (Head of UNGEI Secretariat), Quentin Wodon (Lead Economist, World Bank Group), Ola Abu Alghaib (Deputy Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability), Mark Waltham (Senior Adviser, UNICEF), Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo (Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group – Moderator)
Website: https://www.leonardcheshire.org/international/influencing/cosp10-side-event-promoting-inclusion-and-equity-for-all-education

 

Title: The safety of persons with disability in situations of conflict and excessive violence
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 10-11.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: The Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), ESCWA, Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI)
Co-sponsor(s): Sponsored by DESA (TBC) & International Disability Alliance (IDA)
Details: Persons with disabilities in four Arab countries are facing all kinds of violence without any immediate relief. They are hardly to get any kind of services that might support them and help them to cope with such kind of circumstances. They are more than prisoners, they can’t escape but they are also abandoned and injured. Based on these facts, the discussion will focus on the current situation and challenges, besides steps and measures must be taken.
Speakers:
Chaired by: International Disability Alliance (IDA) board member.
– Mrs. Gisela Nauk, Social Policy Section, Chief (ESCWA)
– Hon. Dr Heba Hagrass, Member of the Egyptian Parliament& the National Council for Women in Egypt
– Mr. Jean Luc Simon, DPI Europe Chairperson
– Mr. Abed Majid Makni, Member of the National Council of Human Rights of Morocco
– Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah, AOPD President, Lebanon
Website:

 

Title: Leaving no one behind: from digital divide to digital empowerment
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: UNESCO
Co-sponsor(s): Civil society organizations
Details: This side event, organized jointly by UNESCO and several partners, will focus its discussion on the importance of making cyberspace equally inclusive and accessible for all. Scientific and technological progress should not deepen further the divide between the young and the elderly; children, women and men; speakers of lesser-used languages; those who live in remote and urban areas; as well as those who are differently abled, but in contrast provide new opportunities to access multilingual information and knowledge, using inclusive ICTs and enabling full expression through culture and arts, to ensure full participation in society.  The panelists will share concrete examples on how digital empowerment resulting from successful measures taken at the international level through the work of UNESCO improved the quality of life of persons with disabilities, provided access to information and knowledge, facilitated learning and teaching, cultural expression and employment, as well as built an enabling environment and opportunities for self-realization within the context of the implementation of UNCRPD and the SDGs.
Speakers:
Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
Professor Alireza Darvishy, Laureate of UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize 2016 for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2016 (Switzerland)
Mr Yasunobu Ishii, Senior Program Director, The Nippon Foundation (Japan) and Professor Gladys Tang, Director, Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)
Mr Florjan Rojba, General Coordinator of the Albanian Association of the Deaf Supporting ANAD Advocacy and Member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) (Albania)
Weblink: http://en.unesco.org/system/files/cosp_2017_side_event_-_15_june_-_unesco.pdf

 

Title: Persons with disabilities in armed conflict: From Invisibility to Protection
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Human Rights Watch
Co-sponsor(s): OHCHR, UNICEF, International Disability Alliance
Details: The panel will bring together experts and practitioners on the ground to discuss risks and challenges that persons with disabilities experience in armed conflict and concrete steps that can be taken to address them, from preventing abuses to protection, monitoring and reporting.
Speakers:
Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict
Cristina Roccella, Head of Social and Child Protection, UNICEF Syria
Stephane Ojeda, Deputy Head of ICRC delegation in New York
Simplice Lenguy, former president of the group representing people with disabilities in the M’Poko camp for IDPs in Central African Republic
International Disability Alliance (speaker TBC)
Victoria Lee, OHCHR
Researcher (name TBC), Human Rights Watch
Website: https://www.hrw.org/topic/disability-rights

 

Title: The role of DPOs in developing practical approaches to disaster risk management in the Asia-Pacific Region
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 11.45-1
Conference Room: E
Organizer: People with Disability Australia
Co-sponsor(s): The World Bank, Pacific Disability Forum; Disabled People’s Organisations Australia; Australian Centre for Disability Law
Details: People with disability play a central and active role in developing practical approaches to disaster risk management in the Asia-Pacific Region. This side event will explore the importance of international cooperation in developing regional strategies to address Articles 11, 18 and 32 of the CRPD, critical to achieving the SDG’s.
Speakers:
Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group;
Rosemary Kayess, Chairperson, Australian Centre for Disability Law;
Samantha French, Social Inclusion & International Development Advisor, DPO Australia;
Setareki Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum;
Ace Boncato, Member, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Jane Flanagan, Research & Policy Officer, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Website: http://dpoa.org.au/news/  

 

Title: A journey to strengthened cooperation between the international and regional human rights mechanisms: implementation of the CRPD and SDGs
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 4
Organizer: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Missions of Belgium, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Germany, and Ecuador; the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the Council of Europe
Details: This side event will highlight common areas of action by regional human rights mechanisms in the implementation of the CRPD , in the context of the SDGs, and discuss how to enhance cooperation , coordination and share good practices between regional and international human rights mechanisms, including the CRPD Committee.
Speakers:
Mr. Georgi Panayotov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria; Mr. Danlami Basharu, Member, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( CRPD); Mr. Yeung Sik Yuen , Commissioner, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Ms. Rosa Celorio, Senior Attorney & Coordinator of Thematic Monitoring, Inter American Commission on Human Rights; Ms. Mercedes Carrillo, Legal Officer, Department of Social Inclusion, Organization of American States; Ms. Liri Kopaçi-Di Michele, Head, Equality Division, Council of Europe; Mr. Derrick Cogburn, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; Representative of the International Disability Alliance; NHRI Representative; Mr. Andrew Gillmour ASG, OHCHR.
Website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/NHRI/Pages/Cooperation.aspx

 

Title: Humanitarian Crisis: What Role for Women and Girls with Disabilities? A Simulation Exercise
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 7
Organizer: Women’s Refugee Commission, DESA/DSPD, UN Women
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations, and Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, UN Women, OCHA, UNMAS, Women’s Refugee Commission, Network of African Women with Disabilities and the National Union for Women with Disabilities in Uganda, and Lebanese Association for Self-Advocacy.
Details: Structured around an interactive exercise, this side event highlights opportunities to strengthen inclusion of women and girls with disabilities affected by crisis and conflict. It will demonstrate the leadership role of women with disabilities in humanitarian action and raise awareness on issues affecting women and girls with disabilities in emergencies.
Speakers:
Ms. Jade Cooper – Policy and Program Officer, Australian Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ms. Mia Farah, Self Advocate – Lebanese Association for Self Advocacy
Ms. Fadia Farah, President – Lebanese Association for Self Advocacy
Ms. Faridah Nabbanja, Refugee Officer – National Union of Women with Disabilities in Uganda
Ms. Boram Lee, Program Officer – Women’s Refugee Commission
UN Women (TBC)
OCHA (TBC)
UN DESA (TBC)
Website: https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/blog/2611-wrc-at-cosp10
RSVP required: http://wrc.ms/COSP10WWD

 

Title: Decade of the Americas for the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities: Progress and challenges in the Americas
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 9
Organizer: Organization of American States
Co-sponsor(s):  Inter American Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities/ National Council of Disability of Colombia /National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities of Mexico.
Details: This the detail or summary: This event aims to provide an opportunity for reflection on the progress and difficulties detected in the States of the American Continent to meet the objectives of the Program of Action for the Decade of the Americas for the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities “PAD” (2006-2016), after the culmination of the Decade. A panel of high-level experts will share some current initiatives to promote legislative reforms and the adoption of public policies aimed at eliminating barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, with potential to be replicated in other regions of the world, thereby promoting international cooperation among nations as a platform for development. The issues to be addressed are Labor inclusion of persons with disabilities; sexual and Reproductive health rights of persons with disabilities; accessibility; legal capacity of person with disabilities and paralympic sports.
Speakers:
Speakers:
– María Soledad Cisternas, Former President of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
– Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the OAS (DSI).
– Daniel Concha, Principal Delegate of Chile before the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities and Director of the National Service of Disability of Chile (SENADIS).
– Ericka Álvarez, Director, Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Permanent Spokeswoman on Disability Issues in the Social and Presidential Council, and Coordinator of the Consultative Council of People with Disabilities.
Moderator:
Juan Pablo Salazar, President of the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities and President of the National Council on Disability of Colombia.
Co-sponsors:
– Secretaria Especial dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência.
– National Council on Disability of Colombia.
– National Council for Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities of Mexico.
Sign language, close captioning and English-Spanish/Spanish-English interpretation services will be provided.
Website: http://www.oas.org/en/sedi/ddse/pages/index-4_committee.asp

 

Title: Young People with Disabilities: Promoting Inclusion and Participation, Addressing Gender Based Violence, and Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Co-sponsor(s): International Disability Alliance
Details: During the 10th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and as part of the We Decide Initiative, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Governments of Australia, Morocco, Finland, Spain and the United Kingdom will host a side event featuring discussions, including reflections from regional dialogues with young persons with disabilities, on the topics of preventing and addressing gender based violence, strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting meaningful participation and inclusion of young persons with disabilities.
Moderator: Colin Allen, Chair, International Disability Alliance
Speakers:
Emilie Filmer-Wilson, Human Rights Advisor, Technical Division, United Nations Population Fund
Federico Martire, Director General, Spanish International Foundation for Latin America and Administrative and Public Policies (FIIAPP), Government of Spain
Gerard Howe, Head of Inclusive Societies, UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
Sharon Stuart, Branch Manager of Disability and Carer Policy, Department of Social Services, Government of Australia
Abdelmajid Makni, Member of the National Human Rights Council, Kingdom of Morocco
Mariana Camacho, Youth Advocate, Latin American Association of Women with Disabilities (ALAMUD), and We Are All in Action Movement (META), Costa Rica
Tuomas Tuure, Development Coordinator, The Threshold Association, Disability Diplomacy Initiative, Finland
Website: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/cosp10/side-events

 

Title: How establishing partnerships with multiple different types of stakeholders helps to increase access to the political process
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN
Co-sponsor(s): International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Details: Through DPO collaboration with multiple types of stakeholders, such as election management bodies, political parties, disability councils, CSOs and media, progress can be made on increasing access to the political process. Successful strategies for engaging these stakeholders towards effective implementation of CRPD Article 29 and SDG 16 will be discussed.
Speakers:
Chair: Ambassador A.S. Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York
Panelists:
– Mr. Senarath Attanayake, Provincial Councillor, Sri Lanka
– Ms. Virginia Atkinson, Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
– Dr. Ashraf Marei, Secretary General, National Council for Disability Affairs, Egypt
– Ms. Silvia Quan, International Disability Alliance, Guatemala
– Mr. Mohammed Atif Sheikh, President, Special Talent and Exchange Program, Pakistan
Website: http://www.ifes.org; http://electionaccess.org

 

Title: Accessible Global Governance: Confronting the Challenges of Participation for Persons with Disabilities in the UN System
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 1.15-2.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; The Nippon Foundation
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Mission of Ecuador, International Disability Alliance; Disabled People’s International; G3ict; GAATES; World Enabled; AXS Lab Inc.; Special Olympics; Assistive Technology Development Organization, US International Council on Disabilities, Rehabilitation International
Details: This Side Event will showcase the comprehensive empirical and applied findings of “Accessible Global Governance: The (In)visibility of Persons with Disabilities” with recommendations to further understand and solve the factors that enhance or limit the participation of persons with disabilities in the UN system and broader global governance processes.
Speakers:
Chair: Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman, G3ICT, IDPP, and Special Advisor, The Nippon Foundation
Opening Remarks from Moderator: Dr. Derrick Cogburn, Associate Professor and Executive Director, IDPP: Accessible Global Governance: The (In)visibility of Persons with Disabilities
Framing Comments from Panelists (five minutes each):
Dr. Victor Pineda: President, GAATES; Founder and Executive Director, World Enabled: Stimulating Disability-Inclusion in Habitat III and The New Urban Agenda
Dr. Stefanie Dannenmann-Di Palma, Deputy Head, UNISDR Europe (virtual): Disability-Inclusion in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Toward Implementation of the Sendai Framework
Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance: Coordinating Policy Engagement in the HLPF and SDGs
Mr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Executive Director, Arab Region, Disabled People’s International: Integrating Local and International Voices in Global Disability Policy
Dr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Vice President, Assistive Technology Development Organization and Executive Committee Member, Rehabilitation International: Advancements in Accessibility Post-3WCDRR
Ms. Christa Skerry White, Senior Vice President for Global Development and Government Relations, Special Olympics: Public Policy Impact for Persons with Disabilities Using Mobile Apps for Inclusive Cities
Audience Interaction and Questions: Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, IDPP
Closing Remarks and Launch of IDPP CRPD iOS App: Dr. Derrick Cogburn
Website: http://www.idppglobal.org/idppcosp10/

 

Title: Ending Violence Against Children and Adolescents with Disabilities
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: Lumos
Co-sponsor(s): Sri Lanka, Mexico, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Global Partnership on Children With Disabilities Task force on Child Protection.
Details: This side event will bring together key global partnerships of stakeholders working to end violence against children to identify ways in which to include and prioritize children and adolescents with disabilities in national and global initiatives to end violence against all children, in line with SDG target 16.2 and others.
Speakers: H.E. Mr. Sandoval, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN in New York; H.E. Mr. Sabarullah Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York; Mihaela Ivanova, self-advocate, Lumos Bulgaria; Susan Bissell, Director, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children; Kathryn Leslie, Child Protection Specialist, The Office SRSG on Violence against Children; Lisbet Brizuela, Director for Mexico, Disability Rights International-México
Website: https://wearelumos.org/event/ending-violence-against-children-and-adolescents-disabilities-17

 

Title: Smart Cities for All: ICT for Inclusive Urban Development
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: 12
Organizer: Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN; G3ict; World Enabled
Co-sponsor(s): Permanent Mission of India; Microsoft; GAATES; Institute on Disability and Public Policy; World Bank
Institute on Disability and Public Policy; World Bank
Details: Cities all over the world are using information and communications technology (ICT) to promote innovation and inclusion. Distinguished speakers will offer insights on how countries and cities across the world can leverage accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build more sustainable, inclusive, and accessible societies for all, leaving no one behind. Panelists will explore the challenges and opportunities to promote the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities. This side event will also feature the UN launch of the Smart Cities for All Toolkit. The toolkit supports a range of organizations and roles including government managers, policy makers, IT professionals, disability advocates, procurement officials, technology suppliers, and developers who design Smart City apps and solutions. Participants will learn how initiatives in the UAE and across the world are using technology to implement 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goal #11, the New Urban Agenda, and Article 9 of the CRPD.
Opening Remarks:
– Her Excellency Mrs. Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UAE Mission to the UN
– Mr. Navreet Singh Kang, Secretary, Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of India
Moderators:
– Dr. Victor Pineda, President, Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED
– James Thurston, Vice President, G3ict
Speakers:
– Dr. Ahmed Al Omran, Chairman of the Consultative Council on Disability and Inclusion, UAE
– Commissioner Victor Calise, Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities, New York City
– Deepti Raja, Social, Urban Rural, Resilience, World Bank
– Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Evangelist, Microsoft
Website: http://smartcities4all.org/

 

Title: Our convention, our future, don’t be afraid: People with Down syndrome and their families open up a conversation on living in today’s and tomorrow’s world
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 3-4.30
Conference Room: E
Organizer: New Zealand Human Rights Commission
Co-sponsor(s): New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Down Syndrome International, International Disability Alliance, US Intl Council on Disability, Harvard Disability Law Project
Details: People with Down Syndrome, their families and their representative organisations share their celebrations and challenges in their lives. They invite a non-polarising conversation about the future for them. This will be accompanied by expert legal analysis against the CRPD in particular Article 5, of controversial issues such as screening.
Speakers:
Paul Gibson, Disability Rights Commissioner, NZ Human Rights Commission, chair, Vanessa dos Santos , President, Down Syndrome International and Board Member, International Disability Alliance, Self Advocate with Down Syndrome Name TBC, Various young self advocates via 10 minute video, “Thrive” group NZ Down Syndrome Association, Prof Janet Lord, Harvard Disability Law Project , Legal Advisor to Disabled People’s International during CRPD
Website: http://www.hrc.co.nz

 

Title: Collaborative Care of Individuals with Mental Disabilities
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: 11
Organizer: American Psychiatric Association
Co-sponsor(s): NGO Committee on Mental Health, International Psychoanalytical Association
Details: Collaborative care is an integration of primary care and behavioral health care services to improve the outcome of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders on physical health. A collaborative care model helps to reduce stigma as well as improve access to behavioral health services. Descriptions, benefits, implementation and clinical examples will be presented.
Speakers:
Vivian Pender, MD, Special Adviser and UN Representative; Pamela Montano, MD, Houssam Raai, Peer Counselor, Lan Chi Vo, child fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital, delegate of US Mission to the UN (invited), delegate of UNDP (invited)
Website: http://www.psych.org

 

Title: Meeting the Demands of the 21st Century Through Innovative Technology
Date:  15-Jun
Time: 4.45-6
Conference Room: 12
Contact: Bryan O’Young, MD Tel: 917-838-8528
Organization: International Council For Caring Communities (ICCC)
Co-sponsor: The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
Chair: Bryan O’Young, MD
Moderator: Dianne Davis, PhD, John Melvin, MD
This session features the use of advanced medical technologies to minimize barriers for participation in society by persons with disabilities. Presentations include the use of regenerative medicine to treat osteoarthritis, bionic sensors and cybernetics to treat visual impairment, and remote, virtual therapy to treat paralysis in persons who have sustained a stroke. Presentations will be followed by a discussion on how these technologies may be applied effectively and sustainably in our global society to achieve inclusion for all.
Speakers (in order of appearance)
Bryan O’Young, MD (Chair), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program Director, Medical Director of Physiatric Pain Management, Geisinger Health System; ISPRM-UN Task Force, ISPRM; Advisory Board, ICCC; Clinical Professor, NYU School of Medicine; Adjunct Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
Dianne Davis, PhD (Moderator), Founding President, International Council for Caring Communities
John Melvin, MD (Moderator), Chair, ISPRM-UN Task Force; Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Christopher Visco, MD, Ursula Corning Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine Research, Vice Chair of Education, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Residency Program Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia and Cornell
JR Rizzo, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Neurology, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Associate), NYU School of Medicine, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Director, Visuomotor Integration Laboratory and Technology and Translation in Medicine Laboratory, Director, PM&R Residency Research, NYU School of Medicine
Preeti Raghavan, MD, Associate Professor, Vice Chair Research, Director, Motor Recovery Research Laboratory, Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU School of Medicine
Alfred Gellhorn MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Sports Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation, Weill Cornell Medical College.
Website: http://www.isprm.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Flyer_COSP10-side-event_draftLB_online.pdf

 

LAUNCH EVENT & RECEPTION: New UNICEF guidance on disability inclusive humanitarian action
Location: UNICEF House
3 United Nations Plaza, New York
Danny Kaye (room)
Date and Time: 15 June 2017, 6.00 – 7.30 pm
Please join us for a launch followed by a reception to introduce the new guidance, Including Children with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action: General guidancedeveloped by UNICEF in collaboration with Handicap International.
Speakers:
– Ambassador Aubrey Webson – President, UNICEF Executive Board
– Manuel Fontaine – Director, UNICEF Office of Emergency Programmes
– Catalina Devandas – UN Special Rapporteur on Disability
– Jeff Meer – Executive Director, Handicap International US
– Gopal Mitra – Programme Specialist, UNICEF
– Cristina Roccella – Chief of Social and Child Protection, UNICEF Syria
The guidance (available in English, French and Arabic at the launch) provides practical actions and tips for including children with disabilities in all phases of humanitarian action.
International Sign language will be available. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.
RSVP by 13 June to Megan Tucker mttucker@unicef.org

 


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