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June 2016

Conference of States Parties
to the CRPD 2016

Next week the ninth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held at the UN in New York: an annual high-level meeting to discuss progress made and challenges faced in the implementation of the Convention.

Nothing about us, without us
The disability community and governments built this convention together, and for ten years we've fought to expand our participation in realizing our principle of 'nothing about us without us'. IDA is committed to this principle and we're working to support an active and involved civil society throughout the Conference.

The 2016 Civil Society CRPD Forum

Leave No One Behind: the role of DPOs in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Monday 13 June 2016, 9:30am – 1:00pm: Conference Room 4
Live webcast at, with IS interpretation and CART
Bridge participants holding signs for the SDGs
This year’s Civil Society CRPD Forum will explore how persons with disabilities and their representative organisations can and should be involved in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Comprising two panels, the Forum will provide an introduction to the High-level Political Forum and the participation of persons with disabilities as stakeholders. It will also address practical steps towards implementation of the SDGs and engagement of persons with disabilities at the global, regional and national levels. DPOs, government delegations, Member State experts and representatives from across civil society are all encouraged to participate.

Click to download the full programme here
No registration is necessary if you have a UN pass or are registered for COSP.
President of the General Assembly High-Level Discussion
IDA Global Representation Map
Follow up to the 2013 High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development
The President of the UN General Assembly has organized an interactive panel discussion with UN representatives, civil society, academic institutions, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders. The discussion will develop conversations on the global disability rights framework, including  the CRPD, the new 2030 Agenda and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in fulfilling these commitments

The discussion will involve two panels, which include civil society representatives in both:
  • Stephanie Ortoleva, of Women Enabled International, in the first panel discussion on mainstreaming the rights-based approach to disability.
  • Lauro Purcil, of the ASEAN Disability Forum, in the second panel discussion on implementing the 2030 Agenda under the guidance of the CRPD.
IDA-Australia Reception
Reception celebrating ten years of the UN CRPD and the road to inclusive development
Monday 13 June 2016, 6.00pm - 8.00pm,
Delegates' Dining Room, 4th Floor Conference Building, UN Headquarters, New York
Ninth Conference of States Parties, 14-16 June 2016

Click here for information on Main Sessions and all Side Events, and for information on registration and accessibility

Side events

Here are all of the side events which IDA and our Members are engaging in. Please join us and participate!
 Check up to date information here.

Tuesday June 14

10:00am - 11:30am: Access to Assistive Technology for Inclusive Development (CR 4) (text only)

11:45am - 1:00pm: Fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals through inclusive budgeting (CR 12)

1:15pm - 2:30pm: Intersectionality between the CRPD and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CR 6)

1:15pm - 2:30pm: Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies: Article 11 in Practice (CR D)

1:15pm - 2:30pm: One decade of the UN CRPD and Women and Girls with Disabilities (CR 12)

3:00pm - 6:00pm: Global Meeting - Implementation of Global Development and Humanitarian Goals – the Leadership Role of Women with Disabilities (CR 6)

4:45pm - 6:00pm: Accessibility: Putting the CRPD Article 9 into practice at the regional and national level (CR 4)

Wednesday June 15

8:00am - 9:30am: How Can Digital Societies Contribute to Achieving the SDGs for Persons with Disabilities

8:00am - 9:30am: How Regional Collaboration Can Lead to More Effective Implementation of Persons with Disabilities in the 2030 Development Agenda of Political Rights (CR 7)

10:00am - 11:30am: Universal Access to Information using ICTs for Persons with Disabilities: Digital Empowerment for Inclusive Development (CR 12)

10:00am - 11:30am: Promoting the rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities (CR D)

11:45am - 1:00pm: My Voice Matters! (CR D)

11:45am - 1:00pm: ICT supporting education for all (CR 12)

1:15pm - 2:30pm:  Developing strong and inclusive institutional frameworks for the CRPD: Operationalizing and implementing Article 33

1:15pm - 2:30pm:  Reporting obligations under the CRPD: Sharing best practices on follow-up to the recommendations of the CRPD Committee (CR 6)

3:00pm - 4:30pm: Intersectionality between CRPD and CERD - towards the implementation of the SDG

4:45pm - 6:00pm: Accessibility: Putting the CRPD Article 9 into practice at the national and regional level

Thursday 16 June

10:00am - 11:30am: Follow up to the World Humanitarian Summit (CR 12)

1:15pm - 2:30pm: "Unusual" employment of persons with disabilities: from words to work

1:15pm - 2:30pm: Bridging the Gap: 2030 Agenda and the CRPD (CR 12)

6:15pm - 8:00pm: Challenges and Opportunities for Accessible Global Governance: Enhancing Participation for Persons with Disabilities in UN Processes

And don't forget to join us in our call for universal ratification of the #CRPDNow in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Thank you for reading, and we hope you can participate in the events next week, either in New York or by following and interacting online - we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Vladimir Cuk
Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance
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