Changing Society, Persone con disabilità -  Marra Angelo D. - 2015-06-10


Day 1: Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Tuesday, 9 June

Brief summary

The 8th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was opened by the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. The President (Republic of Korea) and Vice-Presidents (Brazil, Italy, Poland and Tanzania) elect were appointed by acclamation. Thirty-two NGO applications for accreditation were approved by consensus. Statements were delivered at the ministerial level from thirteen States Parties: New Zealand, Barbados, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Germany, Sweden, Ghana, India, South Africa, Malta, Belgium, Malawi and Estonia. Three civil society organizations, Disabled People's International, the International Disability Alliance and Rehabilitation International, as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization delivered statements. A total of 56 States Parties delivered statements during the first day of the Conference (23 during the morning session and 33 in the afternoon session). Further details and summaries will be posted on the UN Enable website.


Day 2: Wednesday, 10 June

10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Matters related to the implementation of the Convention: (item 5b): Roundtable 1.  Mainstreaming disability in reduction of poverty and inequality, chaired by Brazil

Introduction & Presentations, followed by interactive discussion:

Ms. Rocio Soledad Florentin Gomez (National Secretariat for the Social Integration of People with Disabilities)

Ms. Amina Mohammed (Secretary-General's Special Advisor on post-2015  development planning)

Ms. Tiina Nummi-Södergren (My Right, Civil Society Organisation)

Mr. Kamal Lamicchane (University of Tsukuba)

Ms. Catalina Devandas  (Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Human Rights Council)

Summary of the Chair

3.00 to 6.00 pm

Matters related to the implementation of the Convention: (item 5 c) Roundtable 2.  Improvement of Disability Data and Statistics: objectives and challenges, chaired by Poland

Introduction & Presentations, followed by interactive discussion:

Ms. Francesca Perucci (UN Statistical Division of Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

Ms. Jennifer Madans (National Centre for Disease Control)

Ms. Sophie Mitra (Fordham University)

Mr. Hyung Shik  Kim (Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Ms. Marianne Diamond (International Disability Alliance)

Summary of the Chair


Time: 8.00 to 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title:   Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Response: Case Studies and Good Practices

Organizer:   PM of Australia in association with Women's Refugee Commission, Human Rights Watch and International Disability Alliance

Details: Women's Refugee Commission, Human Rights Watch, and the International Disability Alliance will present findings from research conducted in Central African Republic, Jordan, Ethiopia, Burundi, and North Caucasus, highlighting challenges faced by persons with disabilities in humanitarian crises, including gender-based violence.

The panel will also share recommendations and highlight effective methods for leveraging the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities across humanitarian action.


- Peter Versegi, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations

- Emma Pearce, Senior Program Officer, Women's Refugee Commission

- Kriti Sharma, Researcher, Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

- Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law, Associate Dean Postgraduate Research Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

- Ron McCallum, Labor Lawyer and Activist

- Rachel Kachaje, Former Malawian Minister for Disability and Activist



Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 3

Title:   Arab Youth with Disabilities and opportunities of Empowerment and Inclusion: Cases from Palestine, Syria, and Morocco.

Organizer:  Arab Regional Office of the Disabled People's International

Co-Sponsors:  State of Palestine; PMs Egypt and UAE; DESA.

Details: The event will bring, in addition to expert panelists, a group of Arab young women and men with disabilities for the first time to the United Nations. These youths will be sharing their experiences in a variety of areas, including employment and vocational rehabilitation, relief and emergency, and disability monitoring. Furthermore, this event would target representatives of different UN Agencies, Diplomatic Commissions of UN Country Members, and international development organizations. Having this significant variety of audience at this event aims at enhancing the vision toward the creation of a new paradigm at the level of the ongoing dialogue on disability and development, particularly with the essential and effective engagement of the global south.


- Sylvana Lakkis-Welcoming Remarks-Chairperson of the DPI Arab Region

- Mohammed Ali Loutfy- Executive Director of the DPI Arab Region

- ChaviaAli,chairperson,Cultural Forum for people with special needs in the Syrian Arab Republic

- Shatha Abu Srour,Member,Disability Activist and member in the General Union for Palestinians with Disability.

- Adil BENSALAH, chairperson, La fédération nationale des sourds du Maroc


Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title:   Sustainable Accessibility Global Forum

Organizer:  World Disability Union

Details: Our aim is to contribute in a way to live quality worthy of human dignity for all persons with disabilities in education from home and environmental life, health, employment, arts, sports, always everywhere, from travel to resorts and on the basis of equality of opportunity in every floor. The sustainable accessibility priority of the based rights obligations are for persons with disabilities to be involved in the community fully and effectively.


- WDU Vice President NECDET  OZTURK

- WDU General Secretary YASEMIN YUSUFOFF

- WDU Standards Committee SUZAN K. BATU


- WDU Standards Committee EMRAH GURER

- WDU Standards Committee ALAN JAMES CHERRY



Media Briefing:

Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 12

Title:   The right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community

Organizer:  Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and PM Italy

Co-Sponsors:  PM New Zealand, Austria , Brazil, Egypt and Saudi Arabia; International Disability Alliance; Disabled Persons International.

Details: The Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) stresses that persons with disabilities should be able to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life. Moreover, persons with disabilities must be guaranteed equal rights to live in the community, with choices equal to others. To this end, States Parties should take appropriate measures to facilitate the full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of the right to live independently and be included in the community on an equal basis with others, which includes access to the physical environment and the ability to participate in economic, social and political life. Among such measures, the implementation of National Strategies on Disability, in coherence with the CRPD and the positive linkages between public actors and civil society are fundamental to an effective application of independent living policies consistent with the CRPD.

Main objectives:

- Discuss independent living models and propose new social protection policies for persons with disabilities

- Share best practices, concrete examples as well as remaining challenges of the UN CRPD implementation

Moderator: Mr. Facundo Chavez Penillas, Human Rights and Disability Advisor, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Welcoming Remarks 10.00 – 10.20 am

- H.E. Amr Abul Atta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations

- H.E. Inigo Lambertini, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations

- Dr. Abdulmohsen Alyas, Deputy Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations

- Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chair, CRPD Committee (TBC)

Panel discussion 10.20 – 11.00 am

- Ms. Maria Alarcos, World Health Organization

- Dr. Heba Hagrass, Secretary General of the National Council of Disabilities, Egypt

- Mr. Alfredo Ferrante, Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, Italy

- MD PhD Faleh Alrashidi, Ministry for Social Affairs, General Director, Saudi Arabia

- Mr. Robert Martin, People First, New Zealand

- Mr. Michael Fembek, Director of the Zero Project, Essl Foundation, Austria

Discussion 11:00 – 11:30 am


Time: 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 3

Title:   Development of co-produced community-based services to enjoy rights and be included in the community

Organizer:  EASPD (European Association of Service providers for Persons with disabilities)

Co-Sponsors:  European Commission

Details: The development and the set-up of community-based person-centred support services, according to Article 19 of the UN CRPD (Living Independently and Being Included in the Community) poses many challenges for the different actors of society. This requires in the first place the set-up of de-institutionalisation processes and the transition to community based services that can support individual needs. Cooperation across stakeholders – including cooperation and co-production with users of services – is vital to ensure the development of truly inclusive societies, where participation and active involvement of persons with disabilities is a reality.


- Chair: Mr. Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General, EASPD

- Ms Sabrina Ferraina, Senior Policy Officer, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)

- Mrs Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,  Directorate General Employment and Social affairs and inclusion European Commission

- Mrs Catherine Naughton, Director of the European Disability Forum

- Mrs Elke Sleurs, Secretary of State

- Mr Cveto Ursic, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Directorate for Persons with Disabilities, War Veterans and Victims of War


Time: 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title:   The Technology Revolution: Innovating for a Better Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

Organizer:  PM Israel

Co-Sponsors:  PM Germany; Beit Issie Shapiro

Details: Over the past several years we have been witness to the rapid development of technology and its ability to open up possibilities for participation for people with disabilities and for making their voices heard. Technology, therefore, is one of the most important means to increasing inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. On the other hand, new technologies which are not accessible create barriers for people with disabilities.

Articles 9 and 20 of the CRPD mention the accessibility of technology and its availability in order to promote personal ability. The panel will showcase a number of initiatives which illustrate how to promote the development of accessible technologies and how to adapt them for different disabilities.


- H.E. Ambassador David Roet, Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

- H.E Ambassador Heiko Thoms, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

- Mr. Ahiya Kamara, Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Justice, Israel

- Ms. Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro, Changing the lives of people with Disabilities, Israel

- Ms. Eve Andersson, Manager of the Accessibility Engineering group in Google Research, USA

- Mr. Mark Coppin, Director of Assistive Technology at the Anne Carlsen Center, Apple distinguished educator, USA

- Mr. Oded Ben Dov, CEO, Sesame Enable, Israel

Time: 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 12

Title:   Monitoring our rights: A Tool for Evidence-based Participatory Policy-making

Organizer:  Disability rights Promotion International (DRPI)

Co-Sponsors:  Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), York University, Toronto, Canada

Details: This side-event focuses on DRPI's participatory methodology for monitoring disability rights through:

a) Monitoring that includes people with disabilities as integral to data collection

b) Well-planned monitoring as a contribution to more effective policy-making

c) Recognizing persons with disabilities as legitimate researchers

d) Monitoring as a tool for North/South dialogue


- Marcia H. Rioux, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York Institute for Health Research, York University; Canada, Co-Director Disability Rights Promotion International

- Jose Viera, Latin America Regional Officer, Disability Rights Promotion International, Buenos Aires, Argentina

- Kuhu Das, Director, Association for Women with Disabilities (AWWD), West Bengal, India


Time: 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: U.S. Mission to the United Nations: 799 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY (Across the street from the United Nations Headquarters)

Title:   Disability Counts: Disability, data & the post-2015 development agenda - operationalizing Article 31 from theory to reality

Organizer:  PM United States

Co-Sponsors:  PM UK and Australia; DFID; DFAT; Leonard Cheshire Disability; International Disability Alliance

Details: To apprise participants of the broad efforts underway in the field of disability data collection, and discuss next steps and methodologies to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda effectively and timely integrates disability data collection so that we truly leave no one behind, including persons with disabilities.


Welcome:  Amb. Richard Erdman, Acting U.S. Representative to ECOSOC

Moderator: Ms. Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State


- Prof. Nora Groce, Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Ctr.

- Mr. Fiach O'Broin-Molloy, Disability Policy Specialist, UK DFID

- Mr. Mika Kontiainen, Director, Disability, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

- Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division

- Mr. Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

- Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, the World Bank Group

Website: Please RSVP to [email protected] with name and affiliation.

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title:   Leave No One Behind: International Cooperation on Disability in the Post-2015 Era

Organizer:  Disability Rights Fund, Inc.; Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Inc.

Co-Sponsors:  PM United Kingdom & Australia.

Details: The post-2015 process has adopted the slogan, Leave No One Behind. The CRPD's article 32 emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in achieving the rights of persons with disabilities, including the right to be included in development. This side event will detail new disability strategies emerging from two bilateral agencies, the UK and Australia, as well as the new disability strategy of Google. The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will introduce the topic and moderate.


- Ms. Catalina Devandas (Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

- Mr Mika Kontiainen (Director Disability, Development Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia)

- Mr. Fiach O'Broin-Molloy (Policy & Technical Specialist - Disability, Inclusive Societies Department, Policy Division, Department for International Development, UK)

- Ms. Brigitte Gosselink (Principal at

- Ms. Diana Samarasan (Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and Disability Rights Fund)


Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title:   Protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of humanitarian crises and disasters

Organizer:  Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) for the CRPD

Co-Sponsors: PM New Zealand; International Disability Alliance (IDA); International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).

Details: The IASG side event aims to provide a forum for discussing ways to support the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the work of United Nations departments, agencies, programs and funds responsible for ensuring the respect for human rights in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies. The event will also seek to clarify the scope of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the context of previous and ongoing preparedness, response and recovery efforts.


- Welcome and opening remarks: Mr. Mr. Lenni Montiel, Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic Development (tbc)

- Key note: Ms. Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister of Disability Issues, New Zealand

- Ms. Gisela Nauk, Section Chief, Inclusive Social Development, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

- Ms. Maryanne Diamond, Chairperson, International Disability Alliance

- Ms. Valerie Scherrer, Subject Expert and Director CBM Emergency Response Unit

- Moderator: Mr. Gopal Mitra, UNICEF


Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 7

Title:   Voices of People affected by Leprosy

Organizer:  Disabled People's International (DPI)

Co-Sponsors:  The Nippon Foundation; PMs Ethiopia and Japan; DESA

Details: DPI through this event envisages creating awareness on issues related to people affected by Leprosy and ensuring they are included in the global disability agenda. It will be for the first time in the history of COSP that the issue of Leprosy will be talked of in the same breath as that of disability. The panel will include people with leprosy from countries of the Global South amongst other dignitaries.


- Mr. Yôhei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination

- Mr. Javed Abidi, Global Chairperson, Disabled People's International

- Dr. P.K. Gopal, President, International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA)

- Mr. Jose Ramirez, International Working Group on Leprosy, The Nippon Foundation, United States

- Mr. Tatsuya Tanami

- Mr. Lenni Montiel

- H.E. Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura


Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 9

Title:   Accessibility to Electoral Processes and Political Participation

Organizer:  Permanent Missions of Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay and the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

Co-Sponsors: DPA

Details: The main purpose of this side-event is to display and exchange good practices at the national and international level in the field of accessibility to electoral processes and political participation of persons with disabilities, in the framework of the content of Article 29 of the Convention.


-Opening Remarks: H.E. María Cristina Perceval - Permanent Representative of Argentina

Keynote Addresses:

- Representative of Argentina (TBD)

- Lic. Rocío Florentín, Minister-Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for the Human Righst of Persons with Dissabilities (SENADIS), Paraguay.

- Representative of Ecuador (TBD).

- Mr. Mansour Sadeghi, Electoral Asistance Division, Department of Political Affairs (DPA), United Nations.

- Moderator: Prof. Silvia Bersanelli, President of the National Advisory Commission for the Integration of Persons with Dissabilities (CONADIS),

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 12

Title: Sustainable Development Goal Strategy to create the Amenity Society by enhancing accessible information & communication technology (ICT)

Organizer: Representatives of the Korean DPOs, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea, International Disability Alliance (IDA, TBC)

Co-Sponsors: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea, Webwatch, Korea Institute Web Accessibility Certification and Value

Details: Our aim is 1) to introduce PWDs developed projects to create a disability-friendly information accessible environment in Korea. 2) to improve independent living in the community using ICT knowledge. 3) and to suggest an international cooperation to create a global disability inclusive cooperation in the sustainable development policy.



- Ambassador Oh Joon, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea

- Representatives of the Korean DPOs


- Moderated by Mr. Hyung-Shik Kim, Member of UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities

Session 1: Accessibility to create a disability-friendly community

- Ambassador Audrey Webson, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda

- Mr. Buhm-Jae Lee, Chair of Websatch

- Mr. Yeong-Man Jeong, Chair of Muscle disabilities Association of Korea

- Mr. Hyun-Keun Hong, Korea Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities

- (Other speakers being finalized)

Session 2: Incheon Strategy and ICT on disability

- Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director of Social Development Division, ESCAP (TBC)

- Ms. Myoung-Hwa Yoo, Secretary-general of RI Korea


Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Millennium Hotel

Title:   Delivering Inclusion through Innovation in Local Practice: Examples from the UAE and GCC

Organizer:  PM United Arab Emirates and Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED

Co-Sponsors:  International Disability Alliance (TBC)

Details: This session introduces innovative policies and programs from the UAE and the broader region to highlights some of the challenges and opportunities for implementing the CRPD at the local level. Speakers and distinguished guests will share their experiences from three distinct areas (1) Innovation in inclusive urban development (2) Innovations in inclusive education (3) Sports, recreation and play with the aim to strengthen greater coordination of activities across the region. Note: This event is over capacity and RSVP is closed. Admission was limited to the first 25 registrants.


₋ Moderator: Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, President, Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED, Lecturer, University of California

₋ Dr. Salem Ali AlShafei, Director of Policies and Programs, Rights of People with Disabilities at The Executive Council, Government of Dubai

₋ Mrs. Mariam Al Qubaisi, Head of the special-needs sector at the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs

₋ Dr. Ahmad Alsaif, Saudi Arabian Candidate to the CRPD Committee


Time: 3.00 to 4.30 pm.

Venue: Conf. Room 3

Title: Developing National-Level Disability Data Strategies

Organizer/s: Canadian Association for Community Living; Council of Canadians with Disabilities with inclusion international

Co-sponsor/s: Interpretive and audio-visual services funded by the Government of Canada

Details: Challenges in national survey design from a social model of disability perspective persist, but some innovative disability data strategies are being developed, piloted and scaled at the national level.  This session looks at the data strategy in Canada and in other countries, and efforts at the international level to develop a global picture on disability.


-Tim Stainton, Session Chair (Canada) – PhD, Professor and Director, School of Social Work; and Director, Centre for Citizenship and Inclusion, University of British Columbia

-Nancy Milroy-Swainson (Canada) – Director General, Office for Disability Issues, Government of Canada

-Juan Pablo Salazar (Colombia) Director, Presidential Plan for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Republic of Colombia

-Adele Furrie (International) - Independent Consultant, past work includes U.S. Department of Labour, Handicap International, Statistics New Zealand, United Nations Statistical Division, and UNICEF

-Fiach O'Broin-Molloy (International) - Policy and Technical Specialist – Disability, UK Department for International Development


Time: 3.00 to 4.30 pm.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title: The Role of Public Procurement in Promoting Accessibility

Organizer/s: G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies

Co-sponsor/s: Disabled People's International (DPI); International Telecommunication Union (ITU)


Public procurement is an effective tool to promote accessibility and is a requirement for all States Parties implementing the CRPD.  This roundtable session will review:

Requirements for States Parties and model policy for public procurement

Current procurement policies and standards

Benefits of harmonizing policies and standards


- James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict

- Javed Abidi, Chair, Disabled People' International (DPI)

- Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, DG Employment and Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

- Swathi T.P., IBM India

- Jesus Toledano Landero, Director General, CONADIS Mexico

- Representative of the European Disability Forum

- David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board

- Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Project Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems

- Alex Li, Strategic Standards Analyst, Microsoft


Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 12

Title:   Conference on Accessible Tourism Latin America and the Caribbean to be held in the Dominican Republic on July, 2015

Organizer:  PM Dominican Republic

Details: This event has the objective to inform about the first Conference on Accessible Tourism Latin America and the Caribbean to be held in the Dominican Republic on July 22-24, 2015. This conference aims to address the competitive advantages of accessible tourism, the economic benefits it generates, in addition to what can be brought forth to the goal of each participating country that promotes being inclusive of people with disabilities, as well as to present success stories, best practices, trends, processes and lessons learned.


- Mr. Magino Corporan, Director of the National Council on Disabilities


Time: 4.45 to 6.00 pm.

Venue: Conf. Room 3

Title:   Income Security Issue of PWDs in the World: Status Quo, Challenges, Future Plans

Organizer:  KODAF (Korea Differently Abled Federation)

Co-Sponsors:  KODAF fundings

Details: This event explores income security issues of PWDs around the world, particularly focusing on employment, flaws of meritocracy and minimum wage, employment promotion subsidies, social security and insurance systems. Panelists will share the current situation of PWDs' income security within their community, and discuss practical ways for DPOs to exert influence and bring change to all societies through global cooperation.


- Eungho Ahn, Chairperson, KODAF (Confirmed)

- KyungLim Moon, Income Security Issue of Korean PWDs, KODAF (Confirmed)


Time: 4.45 to 6.00 pm.

Venue: Conf. Room 6

Title:   New Education Perspectives for Palestinian Refugee Children with Disabilities in Lebanon

Organizer:  World Vision Lebanon

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Missions TBC

Details: This side event will mainly focus on the pilot project, New Education Perspectives for Children with Special Learning Needs, which aims at ensuring proper inclusion for children with disabilities and special learning needs in Lebanon's most marginalized communities; the Palestinian community living in the most unprivileged camps.


- Zeina Zouein, Project Manager, World Vision Lebanon


Time: 4.45 to 6.00 pm.

Venue: Conf. Room 12

Title:   Exploitation and trafficking of people with disabilities in orphanages, psychiatric facilities, and other institutions: Using international litigation, media advocacy, and public education to end these abuses.

Organizer:  Mental Disability Rights International (now known as Disability Rights International)

Co-Sponsors:  Mental Disability Rights International, Colectivo Chuhcan (Mexico), Your Dimension (Ukraine), Colectivo Vida Independiente (Guatemala)

Details: Activists from Mexico, Guatemala, and Ukraine will describe the problem of labor exploitation and sex trafficking in and from orphanages, psychiatric facilities and other institutions. Disability Rights International (DRI) and partners will describe the use of the inter-American human rights system, media advocacy, and public education to end these practices.


- Eric Mathews, Associate Director, Mental Disability Rights International (now known as Disability Rights International)

- Silvia Quan, Colectivo Vida Independiente, Guatemala

- Halyna Kurylo, Your Dimension & MDRI-Ukraine

- Humberto Guerrero, MDRI-Mexico

- Priscilla Rodriguez, MDRI Women's Rights Initiative

- Natalia Santos Estrada (Colectivo Chuhcan).


Time: 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Danny Kaye Hall, UNICEF House, 44th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenue)

Title:   #DrawDisability exhibition

Organizer:  UNICEF

Details: To mark the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative together with the Disability and Education Sections of UNICEF cordially invites you to attend the launch of the #DrawDisability exhibition. * Light refreshments will be served.



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