7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the crpd 10-12 June 2014, United Nations, New York List of side-events



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7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD


10-12 June 2014, United Nations, New York

List of side-events
9 JUNE
Time: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title:  Civil Society CRPD Forum

Organizer:  International Disability Alliance; Disability Rights Fund; Human Rights Watch; International Disability and Development Consortium; Rehabilitation International

Co-Sponsors:  DESA; Permanent Missions of Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Republic of Korea (additional co-sponsors TBC)

Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_CSF_conceptnote.pdf

Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_CSF_flyer.docx
Programme: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_CSF_programme.doc
Webcast: (Part 1) (02:58:34) (Part 2) (02:43:07)

Time: 1.15 to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 3

Title:  First Global Forum on Disability

Organizer:  Disabled People's International, World Disability Council, G3ICT, GAATES

Co-Sponsors:  DESA

Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_event_global_forum.pdf

Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_flyer_global_forum.pdf


10 JUNE
Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  Sports for Inclusive Development and Empowerment of persons with disabilities

Organizer:  DESA; Permanent Mission of Italy

Panelists:

- Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace

- H.E Carlos Garcia, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of El Salvador to the United Nations

- Mr. Salvatore Cimmino (well-known Italian marathon swimmer with amputee. Nominee for 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimmer of the year)

- Ms. Zahra Nemati (first Iranian Paralympics gold medallist woman)

- Professor Eugenio Guglielmelli (Campus Bio-Medico University)

Moderator: Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development/DESA

Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_event_sports_for_development.pdf

Programme: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_event_italy_sport.doc

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 7

Title:  Civil Society Participation in ratification and implementation of the CRPD

Organizer:  Japan Disability Forum (JDF)

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Mission of Japan; Permanent Mission of Poland

Details: Good practices and experience of civil society participation in ratification and implementation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be shared with the participants including the cases of the United Nations, Japan, Poland and the United States. We will discuss how civil society can work together with Governments from the perspectives of Civil Society Organizations including organizations of persons with disabilities, Governments and the United Nations.


Speakers:


  • Ms. Judith Ellen Heumann (Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, US State Department)

  • Mr. Katsunori Fujii (Chairperson of the Executive Board, Japan Disability Forum)

  • Prof. Jun Ishikawa (Former Chair of Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities)

  • Ms. Joanna Maciejewska, Minister Counsellor, Department of Economic Analyses and Forecasts, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of Poland

  • Ms. Akiko Ito (Chief of the Secretariat for the CRPD and UN/Focal Point on Disability)

Website: http://www.normanet.ne.jp/~jdf/en/

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title:  Presentation of “Mundo Alas” (Documentary)

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Argentina

Details: Screening of a 90-minute movie on the situation of people with disabilities in Argentina. “Mundo Alas,” will be presented by the Permanent Representative of Argentina, Amb. Perceval, and one of the directors of the movie, musician and human rights activist Mr. León Gieco.

Speakers:

  • Permanent Representative of Argentina Ambassador María Cristina Perceval

  • Mr. León Gieco

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.



Venue: Conf. Room E

Title: The Wonders of Technology: social media, crowd-sourcing, ease of access

Organizer: ABILITY Awareness; ABILITY Magazine

Details: Discussion and Best Practices for Social Media, Crowd-sourcing and the Art of Ease of Access.


Speakers:


  • Dean Jansen – Amara, Crowd-sourcing for captioning videos in multiple languages
    Paul Albano – Canon, Accessibility Solutions

  • Lia Martirosyan – Affirmative Disability Action, Social Media

  • Ana Fernandez – 3D accessibility

  • Chet Cooper – Hearing printed editorial without OCR



Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes

Organizer:  UN Department of Political Affairs (Electoral Assistance Division)

Co-Sponsors:  The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Details: The event is aimed at introducing a new publication by IFES and NDI, Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes, which provides governments, civil society and the donor community with the requisite tools and knowledge to promote the participation of persons with disabilities in elections and political processes.

Speakers:

Welcoming Remarks:



  • Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Focal Point for UN Electoral Assistance, United Nations

  • Mr. Michael Svetlik, Vice President of Programs, IFES

Panel Presentations:

  • Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, United States Agency for International Development

  • Ms. Virginia Atkinson, Access and Inclusion Specialist, IFES

  • Ms. Risna Utami, Indonesian Consortium for Disability Rights

  • Mr. Kent Fogg, Program Officer, Citizen Participation, NDI
  • Mr. Niall McCann, Lead Electoral Advisor, UNDP


Interactive Exchange

Website: http://www.ifes.org/ ; http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/undpa/main/issues/elections

Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  National Human Rights Institutions and the CRPD: Transforming Words into Action

Organizer:  International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions

Co-Sponsors:  Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Canadian Human Rights Commission; South African Human Right Commission

Details:

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and the CRPD:

Transforming Words into Action

National Human Rights Institutions, acting independently of State Parties, play a critical and practical role in monitoring CRPD implementation, promoting the rights of PWDs, and redressing discrimination. This side event brings together senior NHRI experts, CRPD Committee members and academics to reflect and share on how NHRIs turn the CRPD into reality.



Speakers: To be determined.

Website: http://nhri.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/default.aspx

Time: 4.45 to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  CRPD Independent Monitoring in Federated States

Organizer:  Canadian Association for Community Living; Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Co-Sponsors:  Government of Canada (Interpretive and audio-visual services funded by the Government of Canada. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.)

Details: Federated States Parties face unique challenges in monitoring implementation of the comprehensive treaty, the CRPD, given the division of powers, jurisdictions and responsibilities between different levels of government. This session will explore challenges and approaches to independent monitoring and oversight in federated States Parties including Canada, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, the U.S. and the European Union.


Speakers:


  • Dulcie McCallum, Session Chair (Canada) – LLB, Expert Advisor on Canada's Delegation to UN CRPD, Former Ombudsman of British Columbia

  • Shuaib Chaulken, Opening Remarks – UN Special Rapporteur on Disability

  • Rosemary Kayess (Australia) – Director • Human Rights and Disability Projects • Australian Human Rights Centre • Faculty of Law • The University of New South Wales

  • Janet Lord (United States) – Senior Vice President for Human Rights & Inclusive Development, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

  • Gauthier de Beco (Belgium) – Leuven Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies

Faculty of Law, Belgium

  • Alan Miller (Scotland) - Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission; Chair, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions; Secretary, International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions

Website: www.cacl.ca

Time: 4.45 to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  The General Comments on Equal Recognition Before the Law (art. 12) and Accessibility (Art. 9), Adopted by the CRPD Committee at its 11th session (April 2014)

Organizer:  Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; State of Chile (Groups of States Parties Friends of the Convention)

Co-Sponsors:  Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; State of Chile (Groups of States Parties Friends of the Convention); State of New Zealand; Human Rights Watch; International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Details: Diffusion and Analysis of general comments on Equal recognition before the law (art. 12) and accessibility (Art. 9), adopted by the CRPD Committee at its 11th session (April 2014) The recent adoption involves giving different guidance to States Parties, civil society and the global community, for national implementation of these two central columns of the Convention.


Speakers:

Opening Remarks:



  • Tariana Turia, Minister for Disability Issues and Whanau Ora, New Zealand

  • Mauro Tamayo, Director of the National Service for Disability, Chile

Panellists:

  • Prof. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chairperson of CRPD Committee

  • Prof. Theresia Degener, Chair Working Group art. 12 CRPD Committee

  • Prof. Damjan Tatic, Vice Chair Working Group art. 9 CRPD Committee

  • Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of Human Rights Watch

  • Representative of International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/CRPDIndex.aspx

Time: 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.

Venue: ECOSOC Chamber

Title:  “Life feels good” – movie screening

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Poland

Co-Sponsors:  DESA, IDA

Details: Life Feels Good, which swept the audience and jury awards at the Montreal World Film Festival and had its NY premiere at BAMcinématek in February 2014, is a story about a boy who was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed at a very young age as “mentally disabled” with no ability to communicate. For nearly twenty-five years he's been deemed a "vegetable" by doctors and the people surrounding him, struggling to prove to everyone that despite his physical handicap, he is in fact intelligent and smart.

Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_flyer_life_feels_good.pdf



­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­11 JUNE
Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Law, Policy and Practice on Inclusive Education: Lessons from the Eastern African Community

Organizer:  Global Forum on Law Justice and Development

Co-Sponsors:  World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency; Burton Blatt Institute; Nordic Trust Fund; USAID

Details: This event presents lessons learnt from a project on the legal and regulatory framework of East African Community (EAC) countries on inclusive education for persons with disabilities and prospects for implementation of Article 24 in the EAC. Copies of project documents will be available; a companion toolkit will be launched.

Speakers:


  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID

  • Rosemary Kayess, Facilitator of Article 24 for Ad Hoc Committee & Director of Disability Rights, Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales

  • Janet Lord, Senior Vice President, Human Rights and Inclusive Development, Burton Blatt Institute

  • William Aseka Oluchina, OSF Fellow and LLM Candidate, Syracuse University College of Law

Website: http://www.globalforumljd.org/

Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  Voices of Women, Children and Youth with Disabilities: From Uganda, Zambia, India, Japan and Russia

Organizer:  Human Rights Watch

Details: Women, children and youth with disabilities experience multiple layers of discrimination – because of their disability, age and/or gender. They face heightened risk of physical or sexual violence, and experience barriers to education, social inclusion and health care. Disabled persons' organizations, together with UNICEF, children's rights and human rights organizations, and donors, are working to change that. There are a growing number of examples of how the voices of women, children and youth with disabilities are being heard, and efforts to amplify their voices further. Join us for an interactive discussion with some of these advocates from around the world.


Speakers:


  • Nancy Maguire, UNICEF Global Youth Council Member, (Moderator)

  • Ambrose Murangira, Ugandan National Association of the Deaf

  • Andrea Mazzarino, Human Rights Watch

  • Rashmi Chopra, Human Rights Watch

  • Judith Heumann, US State Department (to be confirmed)

Website: http://www.hrw.org/

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

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  Inclusive Education in the Post 2015 Agenda

Organizer:  UNICEF; OHCHR

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Missions of Finland and Viet Nam

Details: There is a growing consensus that the post-2015 agenda should strive towards a just, equitable and inclusive world with people at the center of sustainable development. In this side-event a discussion will ensure consensus is reached upon a goal which addresses existing inequalities in accessing education, and promotes inclusive quality education.

List of speakers:

Opening remarks:



  • H.E. Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations

Panellists:

  • Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chair, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Mr. Kalle Könkkölä, Abilis Foundation, Finland

  • Ms. Connie Laurin-Bowie, Executive Director, Inclusion International

  • Mr. Jordan Naidoo, Senior Education Advisor, UNICEF

Co-moderators: Rosangela Berman-Bieler, UNICEF and Krista Orama, OHCHR

Programme: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_concept_note_inclusive_education.pdf


Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_flyer_inclusive_education.pdf

Website: www.unicef.org; www.ohchr.org

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

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  A success story on CRPD: Zahra Nemati an Iranian woman from spinal cord injury to gold medal in London 2012

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Iran

Co-sponsor: International Disability Alliance

Details: Ms. Zahra Nemati, Iran’s Paralympic archery gold medallist in 2013: Her life story and achievements as the first ever Iranian woman Paralympic gold medallist.

Speakers:


  • Mr. Mesbah Ansari Doghaheh (moderator)

  • Ms. Zahra Nemati

Flyer: http://iran-un.org/en/2013/06/05/11th-presidential-election-in-the-united-states-14-june-2013-2/

Website: www.Iran-UN.org

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title:  Interseccionality between the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), in relation to women and girls with disabilities.

Organizer:  Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Co-Sponsors:  DESA, CBM

Details: Conduct normative and analytical crossroads to define the legal status applicable to women and girls with disabilities, identifying measures to enable the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as its impact on the social development and the post-2015 agenda. Will be referring to this analysis the CRPD and CEDAW.


Speakers:


  • Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN.

  • Pramila Patten, Representative of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, UN. (tbc confirm).

  • Daniela Bas / Akiko Ito, Representative Department of Economic and Social Affairs DESA.

  • Ana Peláez, Chairperson of the Working Group on women and girls with disabilities the CRPD Committee.

  • Lakshmi Puri, Representatives of UN WOMEN (tbc confirm)

  • Marianne Diamond, Representative of IDA.

Website: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/CRPDIndex.aspx

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Together We Can: The importance of coalition-building in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities

Organizer:  Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF)

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Missions of Australia; Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom
Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_flyer_draf.pdf

Website: http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  DESA Forum Roundtable Discussion on Disability–Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

Organizer:  DESA

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Mission of Japan; UNISDR, UNESCAP; Rehabilitation International; The Nippon Foundation; Japanese Disability Forum; Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)

Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_event_disaster_risk_reslience.pdf


Website: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1616

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 7, NLB

Title: Creating accessible and inclusive societies for all: progress and challenges in implementing article 9 of the CRPD

Organizer: Permanent Mission of Austria; Permanent Mission of Mexico; OHCHR

Co-Sponsors: Essl Foundation; World Future Council; International Disability Alliance

Details:

The speakers will focus on the progress in implementing article 9 of the CRPD and discuss achievements, best practices and challenges as well as means of enhancing cooperation to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and to fully participate in all aspects of life. The discussion will also highlight the importance of accessibility measures for persons with disabilities in order to create inclusive societies for all and will explore ways to ensure a Post-2015 development agenda which is accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities.



Speakers:

  • Opening remarks by Mr. Andreas Reinalter, Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and Mr. José Eduardo Toledano, Director General, Mexican National Council on Persons with Disability

  • Mr. Lenin Moreno, UN Envoy on Disability and Accessibility

  • Mr. Martin Babu Mwesigwa, Rapporteur, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Mr. Latoa Halatau, Co-Chair, Pacific Disability Forum, International Disability Alliance

  • Mr. Michael Fembek, Head of the Zero Project, Essl Foundation

Flyer: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/fileadmin/user_upload/bmeia/media/Vertretungsbehoerden/OV_New_York/Einladung_Side_Event.pdf



Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  Inclusive Cities: Implementing the CRPD on the Local Level

Organizer:  Pineda Foundation / World ENABLED

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (tbc); Harvard Project on Disability (tbc); International Disability Alliance (tbc)

Details: Since the passage of the CRPD nations around the world have worked to make their cities more inclusive and barrier-free for everyone, especially for persons with disabilities. While city officials are often willing to improve services many struggle with implementation. As a result the majority of the estimated 525 millions of people with disabilities living in urban areas are marginalized and being denied their basic rights. This session brings together leading figures working on inclusive urban planning, policy, and universal design.

Speakers:


  • Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, World Enabled / Pineda Foundation

  • Michael Stein, Director, Harvard Project on Disability, Professor William and Mary’s School of Law (TBC)

  • Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)

Website: www.worldenabled.org

Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Marrakech express? How the WIPO Marrakech Treaty-if ratified- can help end the Book Famine and implement rights from the Convention

Organizer:  The World Blind Union

Details: Member states and civil society will understand the connection between the Marrakech Treaty and the CRPD; and why it is so important that member states ratify this treaty as a matter of urgency. A panel discussion among civil society and government representatives to provide a background on the treaty, its importance and implications for addressing access to information for blind, visually impaired and other print disabled persons.


Speakers:


  • Arnt Holte, President WBU, (Moderator)

  • Maryanne Diamond, Chair WBU Right to Read Campaign and Immediate Past President WBU

  • Senator Kerryann Ifill – Consultant/Facilitator Technology Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired, Barbados

  • Martin Babu Mwesigwa - CRPD Committee Member

  • Geidy Lung - Senior Counsellor, WIPO Copyright Law Division

  • Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota - Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations (TBC)

  • Scott C. LaBarre – Lead, North America Treaty Ratification Campaign

Flyer: http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/news/Pages/7th-Conference-of-States-Parties-WBU-Side-Event-June-11-2014.aspx

Website: www.worldblindunion.org

Time: 4.45 to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Disability movement and regional cooperation: how to ensure UN CRPD implementation by regional intergovernmental organisations

Organizer:  European Disability Forum

Co-Sponsors:  Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities; Pacific Disability Forum; Latin-American network of persons with disabilities and their families

Details: The disability movement can coordinate its action at regional level (continental, sub-continental) in order to ensure that organizations of regional integration include the UN CRPD when dealing with regional strategies. It will also reflect on the cooperation between regional DPOs to exchange best practice and mutual support.

Speakers:

  • Jahda Abou Khalil, Director, AOPD

  • Setareki S. Macanawai, CEO, PDF

  • Regina Atalla, RIADIS Vice-chair.
  • Javier Guemes, Deputy Director, EDF


Website: www.edf-feph.org

Time: 6.15 to 7.45 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title:  Leon Gieco’s concert

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Argentina

Details: Performance by human rights activist, director and musician Mr. Gieco and his guitarist. Alongside the event, Ms. Antonella- who is featured in the movie “Mundo Alas”- will be painting with her mouth.

Speakers:

  • Permanent Representative of Argentina Ambassador María Cristina Perceval

  • Mr. León Gieco

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12 JUNE
Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Crises, Conflict, and Disability: Ensuring Equality

Organizer:  Pineda Foundation / World Enabled

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Mission of the United States; Women’s Refugee Commission; International Committee of the Red Cross

Details: People with disabilities are among the most adversely affected during crises and conflict. They experience higher mortality rates, have fewer available resources and less access to help. Countries party to the CRPD must take necessary measures to ensure relief efforts address inclusive preparedness, response, recovery and rebuilding. This session will explore implications at the policy, program, and personal level.

Speakers:

  • Valerie Karr, Ph.D., Editor, Crises, Conflict, and Disability: Ensuring Equality & Executive Director of World Enabled (Moderator)
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief (TBD)


  • Hassan Ali Bin Ali, Honorary Members of International Paralympic Alliance

  • Marcie Roth, Senior Advisor on Disability Issues, FEMA

  • Andrea Canepa, Staff Writer, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

  • Dale Buscher, Senior Director for Programs, Women’s Refugee Commission

  • Stephen Meyers, Research Associate, World Enabled

Website: www.worldenabled.org

Time: 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  Changing attitudes and fighting stereotypes for an inclusive society

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Israel; Israel's Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Beit Issie Shapiro

Co-sponsors: Permanent Mission of Israel; Permanent Mission of Germany; International Disability Alliance

Details: Activities to implement the CRPD and create more inclusive societies are often met with segregated social environments, stereotypes and negative attitudes towards people with disabilities. These create barriers for the implementation of many of the CRPD articles. This side event will present public awareness and training programs from around the world aimed at assisting in the implementation of CRPD articles, as well as the full participation of people with disabilities in the process.

Speakers:

  • Prof Michael Stein, Harvard University

  • Ms. Verena Bentele , Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Disabled Persons, Germany.

  • Mr. Ahiya Kamara, Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Israel

  • Mr. Eric Mathews, Disability Rights International

  • Mr. Klaus Lachwitz, President, Inclusion International
  • Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel


  • Rick Guidotti, Fashion Photographer, Founder of Positive Exposure



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

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Linking Human Rights, Disability, and Development

Organizer:  Human Rights Watch

Co-Sponsors:  Light for the World

Details: The post-2015 framework should be grounded in a fundamental guarantee of equality and non-discrimination. However, people with disabilities worldwide have often been excluded from development activities and deprived of the benefits of development. Join us for a discussion on the human rights and economic benefits of disability-inclusive development and concrete strategies for disability-inclusive development polices.

Speakers:

  • Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch, (Moderator)

  • Yetnebersh Nigussie, Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development

  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, USAID

  • Francesca Corbacho, Human Rights Watch

  • Risnawati Utami, Indonesian Consortium for Disability Rights (to be confirmed)

Website: http://www.hrw.org/

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

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  The Arab World, a New Vision toward Partnership on Disability and Development: Opportunities and Challenges

Organizer:  DPI Arab Region

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Missions of Egypt and Tunisia

Details: This event will be an out breaking step to bring voices from of Arab DPOs to the UN. It will present an opportunity for launching a serious dialogue between Arab DPOs and UN Agencies as well as International development organizations to promote inclusion of the Arab Disabled community.


Welcoming remarks:


  • Mr. Javed Abidi, the Chairperson of Disabled People's International (DPI)

  • Ms. Sylvana Lakkis, Chairperson of DPI Arab Region and the President of the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU)

Speakers:

  • Mr. Shuaib Chalklene, the UN Special Rapportour on Disability

  • Dr. Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

  • Mrs. Akiko Ito, Chief Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

  • Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek, Deputy Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations

  • Mrs.Amira Dali, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations

  • Ms. Alexandra Heinsjo Jackson, Associate Social Affairs Officer Social Development Division, ESCWA

  • Ms. Sylvana Lakkis,Chairperson of DPI Arab Region and the President of the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU)

  • Mr. Ahmed Berkia, the General Secretary of DPI Arab Region and the President of the Moroccan Coalition on Disabilities and rights

Q & A Session: Mrs. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo,USAID’s coordinator for disability and inclusive development
Website: www.dpi.org
Flyer: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_flyer_arab.jpg

Programme: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/cosp7_side_event_arab.docx

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 4

Title: Supporting and Empowering Decision-making by Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: The Right to Decide and Strengthening Voices


Organizer: Inclusion International

Co-Sponsors: UN DESA/DSPD

Details: For people who have an intellectual disability, Article 12 is the heart of the CRPD. This event will explore its implementation from different perspectives and launch Inclusion International’s new publication, The Right to Decide: Independent but not Alone which provides a roadmap for the realization of Article 12.

Speakers:


  • Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the CRPD, UN DESA/DSPD

  • Connie Laurin-Bowie, Executive Director, Inclusion International

  • Klaus Lachwitz, President, Inclusion International

  • Nancy Milroy-Swainson, Director General, Office for Disability Issues, Department of Employment and Social Development Canada

  • Theresia Degener, Vice Chair of the CRPD committee and Chair of the working group of General Comment No 1 on legal capacity

Website: www.inclusion-international.org.

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 7

Title: European external action – promoting the Human Rights of persons with disabilities in the world through development cooperation

Organizer: European Union

Co-Sponsors: European Disability Forum

Details: The EU which –together with its Member States- is the biggest donor in the world has policies and programs on development cooperation that include the objective of fostering equality and non-discrimination of disabled persons in, as well as improving accessibility. In the new programming phase of it development cooperation 2014-2020 the EU intends to continue supporting these objectives, notably through a new set of funding instruments that have been recently adopted. The side event will present these policies and examples of programmes, as well as prospects for future cooperation in this field.


Speakers:

Chair: Ioannis Vrailas, Ambassador, Deputy Head of EU Delegation

Opening speech: Yannis Vardakastanis President EDF

- Inmaculada Placencia, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission

- Javier Güemes, Deputy Director, European Disability Forum

- Diane Mulligan, Deputy Director of International Advocacy and Alliances, CBM



- Tongai Dana Cheshire Foundation

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/disabilities/index_en.htm; www.edf-feph.org

Time: 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room E

Title:  Strengthening Emerging Leaders with Disability – Barriers and Opportunities

Organizer:  People with Disability Australia; Australian Centre for Disability Law

Co-Sponsors:  Australian Human Rights Commission

Details: Emerging young leaders with disability from Australia will identify the barriers and facilitators to youth leadership. They will speak about their diverse experiences within the disability rights movement and share strategies and opportunities that can assist DPOs, civil society and governments to promote and support engagement and leadership of young people with disability.

Speakers:

  • Ms. Ace Boncato, National Ethnic Disability Alliance

  • Ms. Cashelle Dunn, Women With Disabilities Australia

  • Ms. Lauren Henley, Blind Citizens Australia

  • Ms. Desiree Johnston, Speak Out Tasmania / National Council on Intellectual Disability

  • Ms. Bonnie Millen, People with Disability Australia

  • Mr. Joel Wilson, Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand / People with Disabilities Western Australia

  • Mr. Brendan Pearce, Deafness Forum of Australia

Website: www.pwd.org.au


Time: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title: Mobile accessibility: The Sky is the Limit! - 2014 trends and innovations that are transforming accessibility forever

Organizer: G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies

Details: Innovation in mobile technologies including phones, tablets and wirelessly connected wearable devices are dramatically expanding the potential to deliver unprecedented accessibility solutions on a large scale and at low costs to persons with disabilities. The session will review some of the leading edge technologies available today, how they can be made available to persons with disabilities and the type of public policies that are most effective in promoting those new solutions.

Chair: His Excellency Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Past Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee of the CRPD; G3ict Chair, Board of Trustees

Speakers:


  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

  • Susan Mazrui, Director of Policy, AT&T

  • Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Director, AMAC (Accessibility Solutions and Research Center), Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Joy Kniskern, M.Ed., CRC PI, Strategic Technology Initiatives , AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Chet Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, ABILITY Magazine

Website: www.g3ict.org

Time: 3.30 to 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.


Venue: UNICEF House

Title: Live-streaming of the opening game 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Croatia, followed by the Reception 6:30pm-8:30pm “Inclusion through Sports for Development”

Organizer: UNICEF/ Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities

Details: The reception will be hosted by the Executive Director Mr. Anthony Lake with the participation of a group of young disability advocates. The space is limited. For the reception please RSVP to aburlyaevanorman@unicef.org no later than 6 June 2014. Late registrations will not be considered.

Website: www.unicef.org


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13 JUNE

Time: 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Venue: UNICEF House

Title:  UNICEF New York Activate Talk on Disability and Innovation

Organizer:  UNICEF

Details: UNICEF Activate Talks are TED-Style events in which 4-5 speakers present innovative approaches related to achieving child rights. UNICEF has declared 2014 as the Year of Innovation for Equity – to focus the world’s attention on showcasing and developing innovative solutions for children’s rights.  Throughout 2014, UNICEF will convene a series of “Activate Talks” which will bring together change makers from all walks of life to rethink and rework how we can deliver results for the most vulnerable and marginalized children. Talks have already been held in Uganda, Indonesia, Boston and China. Highlights from the Uganda event are available at this link.

The NY Activate Talk on Disability will be part of the activities of Youth Council for the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd), bringing together 20 young influencers with and without disabilities from around the world.  Young people will discuss how to address lack of access, negative attitudes and social and cultural norms to generate inclusive and participatory societies for all.  The group will demonstrate modalities of their engagement in decision-making processes; discuss applicable approaches to influencing national and global policies and programs; discuss concrete outcomes of their campaigns; share some of their aspirations and concrete ideas on how to enhance the Post-2015 development agenda.


The space is limited, please RSVP to aburlyaevanorman@unicef.org no later than 6 June 2014. Late registrations will not be considered.

Website: www.unicef.org

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Conf. Room 5

Title:  DESA Forum Roundtable Discussion on Financial Inclusion for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Disability Perspective)

Organizer:  DESA

Co-Sponsors:  Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea; Leonard Cheshire Disability; Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION; Barclays Bank

Details: http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/COP/COP7/flyer_DESA_forum_financial_inclusion.pdf

Website: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1616

Time: 07.00 to 10.00 p.m.

Venue: Trusteeship Council

Title:  Beautiful Mind Charity Concert

Organizer: Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea

Website: http://www.beautifulmindcharity.org/sub/e_a1.html

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