In this moment, the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, one of the world’s largest international disability community gatherings, takes place at UN Headquarters in New York! On Monday, the Zero Project Team has safely arrived and we already participated in GAATES Forum on Accessibility and Education.
The right to live independently
Today Dr. Michael Fembek, Head of Zero Project, will join as panelist a side event that aims at raising awareness on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently. In particular, it will discuss independent living models, propose new social protection policies for persons with disabilities, share best practices and concrete examples as well as discuss the remaining challenges of the UN CRPD implementation. Organized by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Mission of Italy – in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia, International Disability Alliance and Disabled People’s International -, the event is moderated by Mr. Facundo Chavez Penillas from the OHCHR, the event is being held on 10th June from 10.00 to 11.30 a.m. (EDT), in Conference Room 12 (UN HQ, Secretariat Building). Find out more about the event here: Concept Paper on Independent Living
Employment and Accessibility
As well, Wilfried Kainz, coordinator of the project, will present the Zero Project at the side event on “Arab Youth with Disabilities and Opportunities of Empowerment and Inclusion: Case Studies on Employment and Accessibility”. The Zero Project is co-sponsoring the event – along with UN DESA, the Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates, the State of Palestine and Egypt, as well as Disabled People’s International. The side event will bring, in addition to expert panelists, a group of young Arab women and men with disabilities for the first time to the United Nations. Panelists include amongst others Mr. Javed Abidi – Global Chairperson of the Disabled People’s International (DPI) and Mr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy – DPI Arab Region Executive Director. Join him today at 10am, in Conference Room 3.