54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54)

Panel Discussion on Disability IssuesThe 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) will take place in New York from 3 to 12 February 2016 at UN Headquarters under the priority theme “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”. 



Multi-stakeholder panel discussion: “Implementation of the 2030 development agenda in light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, 5 February 2016, Conference Room 4, 10:00 am-1:00 pm.

The panel discussion will discuss how existing mechanisms and entities within the UN system can contribute to mainstreaming disability and cooperation at all levels to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to consider the possibility and modalities of another monitoring mechanism on disability.

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Keynote Speaker and Panelist:

Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Human Rights Council [Speech Note]


Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of the New York Office, International Disability Alliance (IDA)


Prof. Osamu Nagase, Visiting Research Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Japan [Speech Note, Presentation Slides]

Ms. Li Xiaomei, Deputy Director- General, International Department of China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF)

Mr. Valery Nikitich Rukhledev, President, All-Russian Society of the Deaf (ARSD) [Speech Note (in Russian)]

Ms. Christine Brautigam, Director, Intergovernmental Support Division, UN Women



A side-event on “Addressing the structural issues concerning inequalities faced by persons with disabilities in society and development” will be held on 5 February 2016 from 1:15 – 2:30 pm in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters in New York.

In the context of addressing inequalities as a priority issue in the 2030 Agenda, this side-event will address structural issues which feed into the inequalities faced by persons with disabilities and provide a forum for exchange of ideas that are strategically important for the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development.

Concept Note

Moderator: Maria Martinho, Social Affairs Officer, SCRPD/DSPD/DESA

Introduction: Akiko Ito, Chief, SCRPD/DSPD/DESA


Patience Stephens, Director/Special Advisor on Education, UN Women

Venus Ilagan, Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

Rosangela Berman Bieler, Senior Advisor on Children with disabilities, UNICEF

Li Xiaomei, Cooperation Division, International Affairs Department, China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF)

Maleni Chaitoo, International Disability Alliance (IDA)