Civil Society CRPD Forum 2014: “Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda”
June 11, 2014
Civil Society CRPD Forum 2014
“Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda”
New York, 10 June 2014 – Over 200 civil society participants and Member State delegations attended the Civil Society CRPD Forum in advance of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) on 9 June 2014. The CSF was coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in partnership with Disability Rights Fund, Human Rights Watch, International Disability and Development Consortium and Rehabilitation International.
The theme of the 2014 Civil Society CRPD Forum (CSF)—“Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda”—provided an opportunity for speakers from UN Member States, UN Agencies and civil society to present highlights of the post-2015 development framework thus far, and opportunities for future civil society engagement at the national, regional and global levels.
Speakers from all panels called for greater partnership amongst national, regional and global civil society organisations in order to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the post-2015 development framework. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of disaggregation of data by disability status across all future goals and targets.
“Development at all levels and in every corner of the world must be inclusive of the rights of persons with disabilities. It must be UN CRPD driven”, said Mr. Yannis Vardakastanis, chair of the International Disability Alliance. “The rights of persons with disabilities should be mainstreamed in all aspects of development. Persons with disabilities must be able to enjoy and have their share of inclusive growth. Inclusion, non-discrimination and equity must be the driving principles on which the new global development agenda is framed.”
Comprising four sessions, the CSF included opening statements by Mr. Vardakastanis, H.E. Ambassador Joon Oh, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Mr. Lenin Moreno, UN Special Envoy for Disability and Accessibility. Presentations were made by Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General Special Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Planning, UNICEF, the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The CSF was co-sponsored by the UN Member States of Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denamrk, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, and the Republic of Korea, as well as UN DESA, UNICEF and OHCHR.
The International Disability Alliance was established in 1999 as a network of eight global and four regional organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and their families, representing the estimated one billion persons with disabilities worldwide. IDA’s unique composition as a network of international DPOs allows it to act as an authoritative and representative voice of persons with disabilities in the United Nations system, both in New York and Geneva.