Independent Living for All: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Societies - Conference

On 5th March 2015, the Permanent Mission of Austria and the International Disability Alliance will hold, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand, as well as the European Network for Independent Living, supported by the Zero Project, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, a side event on “Independent Living for All: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Societies”.

The aim is to discuss the challenges connected to promote independent living, to highlight Innovative Policies & Practices, and to explore ways to strengthen the work at all levels towards ‘a world without barriers’. Several high-level speakers will be providing their insights on the topic. The event will take place at the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Palais des Nations, Geneva, and will gather representatives of Permanent Missions, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations.



H.E. Thomas HAJNOCZI, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN in Geneva

Opening remarks:

H.E. Lenín Voltaire MORENO GARCES, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility (video)

Catalina DEVANDAS, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Lisa MACNAB, Down Syndrome International: What means Independent Living for me?

Nadia HADAD, European Network on Independent Living: My human rights through Independent Living?!

Frédérique WIEMEIJER, Essl Foundation & Ingrid HEINDORF, World Future Council: The Zero Project Report 2015 on Independent Living & Political Participation – Social Indicators, Innovative Practices and Policies

Closing remarks:

H.E. Thani THONGPHAKDI, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN in Geneva,

H.E. Regina Cordeiro DUNLOP, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN in Geneva, &

H.E. Yisheng REN, Minister Counsellor of China to the UN in Geneva

Refreshments will be served. Captioning will be provided.


Biographies speakers (DOC)

Flyer (PDF) (DOC)


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