The Austrian and Finnish Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and the International Disability Alliance, with the support of the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, will host a side event at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
The forthcoming side event will seek
- to identify challenges, good practices, and means of enhancing cooperation to implement the CRPD, as well as
- to examine ways to enhance inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-MDG development framework.
You are cordially invited to participate:
“Promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities: Where we are now and the way forward post-2015”
7 March 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Palais des Nations, Room XXI
The discussion, led by Chairman H.E. Ambassador Christian Strohal, will include the participation of the following speakers:
- Ron McCallum, Chairperson, CRPD Committee (tbc)
- Zero Project: Michael Fembek, Programme Manager, Essl Foundation, and Ingrid Heindorf, Human Rights Officer, World Future Council
- Yannis Vardakastanis, Chairperson, International Disability Alliance
- Craig Mokhiber, Head of Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHR
Should you like to participate at this event and should you not possess a badge to access the Palais des Nations, please send your registration as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the World report on disability published by the World Health Organization and World Bank, there are an estimated one billion persons with disabilities across the globe. Persons with disabilities and their families, of whom 80 per cent live in developing countries, are overrepresented among those living in absolute poverty. Although the number of ratifications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) continues to increase, implementation remains a constant challenge. Persons with disabilities face many barriers to participation in society, for example, in accessing development programmes and funds, social protection, health care, education, employment, communication and transportation services. Going forward, greater protection of the rights of persons with disabilities is needed and it is essential that this be included in the post-MDGs.