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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Countdown to COSP6 CRPD, 17-19 July 2013

Sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 17-19 July 2013, UN Headquarters
(Webcast and coverage at:

16 July, pre-Conference Civil Society CRPD Forum

TODAY’S SUMMARY: Tuesday, 16 July

Today at United Nations Headquarters, CSOs (civil society organizations) including DPOs (organizations of persons with disabilities) met in a Forum along with other stakeholders to discuss issues on the agenda of the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties, as well as the forthcoming High-level meeting on Disability (23 September 2013).

The Civil Society CRPD Forum was co-ordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) with the support of Disabled People’s International (DPI), Disability Rights Fund (DRF), the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Development and Disability Consortium (IDDC) and Rehabilitation International (RI), co-sponsored by the Governments of Australia, Bulgaria, Mexico and New Zealand, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

This year’s civil society forum focused on mainstreaming disability in the development agenda. Panelists and participants engaged in a lively debate on a number of thematic issues, which presented one over-arching theme that the post-2015 development agenda must ensure that it is inclusive of the rights and participation of persons with disabilities. The agenda is available at:

The morning sessions discussed the mainstreaming of disability in the Post-2015 Agenda thus far: the positive outcomes from Rio+20, Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, World Bank Safeguards, the High-Level Panel Report and continued efforts of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development. Panelists spoke on the next steps of the negotiation processes, noting that a human rights-based agenda requires the participation and commitment of Member States and UN agencies to include persons with disabilities and disabled persons organizations (DPOs) in every step of the process.

The afternoon sessions turned their focus to practical steps for the inclusion and participation of the disability community in the Post-2015 Agenda: exploring the experiences of DPOs in the Global South and shared lessons from various national and regional projects; how to ensure the inclusion and effectiveness of disability targets and indicators in the Agenda; the demand for disaggregated disability data and how it will work in practice; and importance of being inclusive within the disability community itself.

The forum concluded by noting that the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities is not something that should begin with the launch of the Agenda in 2015 — it needs to begin now. The discussion and consultation process should incorporate persons with disabilities and DPOs at all levels of society and at all stages, from grassroots discussion and Government consultations, to the United Nations international forum.

The entire Forum was webcast live from the United Nations and included for the first time, International Sign interpretation and closed-captioning.


10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Opening of the Conference of States Parties (agenda item 1)

Election of the President and other officers of the Conference (item 2)
Chair: H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, President of the Conference, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya

Adoption of the agenda (item 3)

Organization of work (item 4)

Opening statements:

- President of the Conference
- Secretary-General (delivered by DESA)
- Department of Economic and Social Affairs
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

General Debate (item 5(a))

3 - 6 p.m.
Round Table 1: Economic empowerment through inclusive social protection and poverty reduction strategies (item 5 (b)

Chair for the Roundtable: H.E. Mr.  A.K. Abdul Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh


- H.E. Ms. Silvia Bersanelli (CONADIS, Argentina)
- Ms. Josephta Mukobe (Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya)
- Ms. Barbara Murray ( International Labour Organization, ILO)
- Mr. Javed Abidi (Disabled People International)
- Mr. Joshua Goldstein (ACCION)


The following side-events will be held tomorrow, 17 July:

Measuring Disability (organizer: UNICEF)

Persons with Disabilities' role in Developing Accessible Environments (organizer: Government of Israel; co-sponsors: Israel’s Commission for Equal Rights for Persons with Disability, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA))

Intersectionality between the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention Against Torture with relation to persons with disabilities (organizers: Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of UN: María Soledad Cisternas Reyes; Chairperson of the Committee against Torture of UN: Claudio Grossman; co-sponsor: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations)

Economic empowerment of persons with disabilities: where are we now and the way forward post-2015 (organizer: Government of Austria; co-sponsors: Governments of Finland, New Zealand and Thailand, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  (OHCHR), United Nations)

Social protection and empowerment of persons with disabilities(organizer: Government of Kenya)

Accessible for All: Examples from Russia, the US, and Europe(organizer: Human Rights Watch)

Destinations for all(organizer: Kéroul; co-sponsors: UN World Tourism Organization, European Network for Accessible Tourism, International Organization of Social Tourism)

Transforming communities for Inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities (organizer: World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry; Disabled People's International; co-sponsors: BAPU Trust (India) and Nepal Mental Health Foundation Stichting Mindrights, Netherlands)

ICTs for disability-inclusive development efforts (organizers: ITU, Broadband Commission, G3ICT, International Disability Alliance, Microsoft, Foundation and UNESCO)

Film screening of ""Colegas"" (Buddies) (organizer: UNICEF, PM of Brazil, Gatacine Films)

List of side-events, venue, timing:

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