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july 2013 : ENABLE NEWSLETTER

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ENABLE NEWSLETTER
July 2013 – Special Issue

The United Nations Enable Newsletter is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DSPD/DESA) with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. It is also available online at : www.un.org/disabilities.

In this issue :

- Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
- Sixth session of the Conference of States Parties, 17 to 19 July 2013
- High-level meeting of the General Assembly (HLMDD), 23 September 2013
- DESA Forum : Dialogue on the post-2015 development framework and disability, 19 to 20 July 2013
- Calendar of upcoming events

Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

133 ratifications and 156 signatories to the CRPD
77 ratifications and 91 signatories to its Optional Protocol (OP)
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea signed the CRPD on 3 July
Singapore ratified the CRPD on 18 July 2013

6th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

The sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COP) was held from 17 to 19 July 2013 under the theme “Ensuring adequate standards of living : empowerment and participation of persons with disabilities within the framework of the CRPD.”

The Conference is a unique global mechanism that allows for exchange of experience, ideas and best practices for implementation of the Convention, as well as for the building of multi-stakeholder partnerships for practical action. The Conference serves as a catalyst to realize the human rights and development of persons with disabilities, as well as to advance a disability-inclusive society for all.

While the number of States Parties to the Convention continues to grow, other stakeholders, including organizations of persons with disabilities, are increasingly becoming important partners in the implementation of the Convention, particularly in the common endeavor toward an international disability-inclusive development framework.

More than 650 participants attended this session with almost 300 representatives from civil society organizations. A record number of 75 statements were delivered during the general debate, including 12 statements at the Ministerial level. A total of 26 side-events were organized, including the multi-stakeholder Civil Society CRPD Forum, coordinated by the International Disability Alliance with the support of Disabled People’s International (DPI), Disability Rights Fund (DRF), the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and Rehabilitation International (RI), co-sponsored by the Governments of Australia, Bulgaria, Mexico and New Zealand, and DESA.

With a view to enabling the broadest possible participation, the live webcast from the Conference, for the first time, included sign language interpretation and closed-captioning.

During the course of the two formal and one informal roundtable discussions, participants set out concrete ideas to improve and implement policies and programmes concerning social protection and poverty reduction ; disability-inclusive development in national, regional and international processes ; as well as community-based rehabilitation.

The last segment on the implementation of the Convention by the UN system included presentations by OHCHR, UNISDR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWTO, World Bank and DESA. DESA also reported on the progress of the Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility of the United Nations Secretariat and made an announcement concerning on-going work to establish an Accessibility Centre at UN Headquarters. The Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development also reported on their respective mandates.

In his closing statement, the President of the Conference H.E. Ambassador Macharia Kamau, stated that the Conference was best positioned to spearhead the mainstreaming of disability in all aspects of the work of the United Nations. He also proposed that the Conference consider strengthening its financial and institutional foundation to carry out its important work.

The outcome of the Conference will be documented in a post-sessional report, which will be issued shortly. (www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1606)

Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening of the General Debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The meeting is expected to adopt an action-oriented outcome document in support of the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities.

Currently, the draft outcome document is in its final phase of the negotiation process. The document is a result of an extensive preparatory process that began in 2012 and consisted of informal consultations, online and regional consultations to ensure that concerns of all stakeholders were taken into account. The co-facilitators of the meeting, Philippines and Spain, will be taking necessary steps for the final phase of the negotiation of the outcome document.

Text of the draft outcome document is available in a letter from the President of the General Assembly to Member States and posted on his website at : http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/letters/pdf/High-level%20meeting%20on%20Disabilities%20-%205%20July%202013.pdf

The final programme for the HLMDD, consisting of an opening plenary, two round table discussions, and a closing plenary, is still being developed by the Office of the President of the General Assembly. Round Table One, “International and regional cooperation and partnerships for disability-inclusive development.” will be co-chaired by Philippines and Spain. Round Table 2, “Post-2015 development agenda and inclusive development for persons with disabilities”, will be co-chaired by Finland and Tunisia. (www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1590)

The UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with DESA has produced a short promotional video featuring Stevie Wonder, a UN Messenger of Peace and world renowned celebrity and performer. In the short video, Stevie Wonder calls on support for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be "signed, sealed and delivered by all countries, for everyone’s sake". (http://webtv.un.org/watch/stevie-wonder-supports-the-un-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/2553535888001/)

DESA Forum : Dialogue on the post-2015 Development Framework and Disability

DESA, as the global focal point on disability issues of the UN system, organized its inaugural global forum to promote a dialogue on the post-2015 development framework and disability. The Forum held at UN Headquarters from 19 to 20 July, immediately following the closing of the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties, worked to contribute to on-going discussions toward a post-2015 UN development framework through exchange of experiences and ideas for disability-inclusive development.

Discussions covered the post-2015 development frameworks and specifically focused on : disaster risk reduction and disability inclusion ; and accessibility for sustainable and equitable development for all : transportation, infrastructure and access to basic public services.

The Forum consisted of two interactive panels and a dialogue presided by H.E. Ambassador Dejan Sahovic, Deputy Chef de Cabinet of the Office of the President of the General Assembly.

The Forum contributed to an energetic and robust exchange of experiences and ideas on inclusion of the disability perspective in development. The Forum worked to expand networks of Member States, experts and civil society and academic organizations, as well as informal networks of practitioners on specific development issues. DESA will be working to strengthen partnerships with and among participants to continue dialogue and action towards a disability-inclusive post-2015 international development agenda.

The Forum was sponsored by the Governments of Brazil, Kenya, Philippines and Thailand, and the World Bank, Disabled People’s International (DPI), the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD), Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and Rehabilitation International (RI).

Further details and presentations are available at : www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1611.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013

The theme of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is : “Break barriers, open doors : for an inclusive society for all”. The Day highlight and elaborate practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. Activities to commemorate the Day will work to highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as to promote public awareness to break barriers and open doors to realize an inclusive society for all. (www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1607)

Calendar of upcoming events
(Send us information on major international disability events for possible inclusion in the list below)

2 to 13 September : 10th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The 10th session will take place in Geneva and include the Adoption of concluding observations for Australia, Austria and El Salvador, as well as the Adoption of list of issues for Azerbaijan, Costa Rica and Sweden. (www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Session10.aspx)

9 to 11 September : 6th International Urban Design Conference
The Conference will be held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. The conference "UrbanAgiNation" urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine future density and infrastructure requirements in cities. The call for abstracts is now open. (urbandesignaustralia.com.au)

23 September : High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD)
(See item above).

24 September : Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd)
UNICEF will host the second gathering of the GPcwd. The GPcwd is a network of more than 240 organizations, including Governments, UN agencies, international NGOs, national/local NGOs, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), academia and the private sector, working to advance the rights of children with disabilities at the global, regional and country levels. With a rights-based approach, the Partnership provides a platform for advocacy and collective action to ensure the rights of children with disabilities are included and prioritized by both the Disability and Child Rights Movement.(www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_65319.html ; gpcwd@unicef.org).

25 September : Special event to follow up on efforts on MDGs
A special event to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 65/1. (www.un.org/millenniumgoals/summitstroy.shtml)

13 October : International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2013
This year’s commemoration will focus on disability. The theme of the Day is : "A Not So Obvious Conversation - Disability and Disasters”. Commemorative events will also be held at UN Headquarters in New York. (www.unisdr.org/2013/iddr/)

16 to 18 October : 2nd International Conference of the WFD
The 2nd Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) will be held in Sydney, Australia under the theme : “Equality for Deaf People”. (www.wfdsydney2013.com)

24 to 26 October : ICTA2013
The fourth International Conference on ICT & Accessibility (ICTA2013) is organized by the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication and Electrical Engineering (LaTICE), of the University of Tunis in collaboration with The Computing Center EL KHAWARIZMI (CCK), with the technical co-sponsorship of IEEE Tunisian Section. This year’s edition of ICTA has the theme of “Design 4 all”. (www.icta.rnu.tn/)

3 December : International Day of Persons with Disabilities
(See item above)

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