Side Events Announced for 2014 Conference of State Parties to the CRPD

June 5, 2014

Tuesday, June 10th Side Events:


Tuesday, 10th of June

ECOSOC CHAMBER, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

UN, New York


Organized by the Permanent Mission of Poland with the cooperation of UNDESA and International Disability Alliance

The event will be opened with the introductory remarks by Ambassador Ryszard Sarkowicz, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN, Ms. Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development of UNDESA and IDA Board Member.

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, chronicles the life of Mateusz (Dawid Ogrodnik) who was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed at a very young age as mentally disabled with no ability to communicate. Now 30 years old and institutionalized, he is faced by a committee of physicians who are about to decide his future. For nearly twenty-five years he's been deemed a "vegetable" by doctors and the people surrounding him. The uplifting story, told in flashback, highlights Mateusz's struggle to prove to everyone that despite his physical handicap, he is in fact intelligent and smart.

The story of Przemek (the name of the real person on whom Mateusz is based) is above all a pretext to ask existential questions about life, death, faith, love, normality and understanding. Life does not bring unambiguous moments of sadness or joy; it is more a state in-between those feelings, between a funeral and a wedding. Life is both tragic and comical. – Maciej Pieprzyca.

Watch trailer: 

The movie is in Polish with English subtitles. International Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the opening remarks.

For further details regarding the event please contact: Mrs. Karina W?grzynowska, email: RSVP:

*Seating is on a first come first seated basis


DATE: Tuesday, 10 June 2014

TIME: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

VENUE: North Lawn Building, Second Floor,

Conference Room E (at the United Nations Headquarters)

The Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations’ Secretariat (UNEAD)

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) 

Cordially invite you to a side-event on elections and disability rights at the margins of the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Featuring IFES and NDI’s new USAID-funded manual:

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


 A man in a wheelchair shows his finger with ink on it after votingA woman is sitting with sunglasses on and reading a list in BrailleA Muslim woman with a physical disability puts a voting ballot in the ballot box

(Photos courtesy of IFES)




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

For any queries please conatct Mr. Oliver Shammas (Tel: 212-963-6527; E-mail:


Wednesday, June 11th Side Events:

Wednesday June 11, 2014 from 1.15-2.30pm

Conference Room E, North Lawn Building

Light lunch available from 12.45pm

On the occasion of the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD,

The Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and the Disability Rights Fund,

The Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN,

and The United Kingdom Mission to the UN,

invite you to attend

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

Since 2008, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund has supported coalitions of persons with disabilities and DPOs to jointly demand change at national, regional, and international levels.  This side event will highlight the best practices and lessons learned from three such coalitions: in Uganda, Indonesia, and globally, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.



·      Mr Ian Bignall, Director Disability Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

·      Ms Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and Disability Rights Fund

·      Mr Ambrose Murangira, Executive Director, Uganda National Association of the Deaf

·      Mr Setareki Macanawai, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Disability Forum and Steering Committee Chair, Global Network of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities

·      Ms Risnawati Utami, Executive Director, OHANA and Chair of the Indonesian National Consortium for Disability Rights

·      Representative of the UK Mission to the UN


Please RSVP by Friday 6 June to Gabi Krasowski, Australian Mission to the UN 
at or +1 212 351 6688


June 11th 2014, 1.15 - 2.30 pm
Conference Room 7, North Lawn Building, UNHQ
CART Services , International Sign Language Interpretation and Spanish Translation will be provided


The Permanent Missions of Austria and Mexico together with OHCHR cordially invite you to a Side Event Creating accessible and inclusive societies for all:progress and challenges in implementing article 9 of the CRPD on the occasion of the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

Opening Remarks:
Mr. Andreas Reinalter,
Mr. José Eduardo Toledano, 
Director General, Mexican National 
Council on Persons with Disability
Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, 
Social Affairs and Consumer Protection 
Director General, Mexican National 
Mr. José Eduardo Toledano, 
Council on Persons with Disability
UN Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, UN DESA 
Mr. Lenin Moreno, 
Mr. Martin Babu Mwesigwa, 
Rapporteur, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
Mr. Latoa Halatau, Co-Chair, Pacific Disability Forum Board Member, International Disability Alliance 
Mr. Michael Fembek, 
Head of the Zero Project, Essl Foundation
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.