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COSP-8 Side Event:
Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes
 

Date: 9 June 2015

Time: 1:15pm - 2:30pm US ET

Venue: Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Organizer:  The Nippon Foundation (TNF); United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Co-Sponsors: Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN; Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN; Disabled People's International (DPI); International Disability Alliance (IDA); Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)

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Program:

Master of Ceremonies:
Mr. Hironobu Shibuya, Special Advisor, The Nippon Foundation

Opening and Welcome Remarks:
Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation
Mr. Lenín Moreno, Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, UN; Former Vice President, Republic of Ecuador
Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Representative of Permanent Mission of Japan

Keynote Presentation:
"Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes"
Draft Preliminary Findings from Phase I of Accessible Global Governance Study Conducted by IDPP
Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University

Guest Presentation:
"Report of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai"
Ms. Elina Palm, Liaison Officer, New York UNHQ Liaison Office, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Roundtable Discussion

Moderator:
Amb. Luis Gallegos, Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UN in Geneva

Speakers:
Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN DESA
Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Chair, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People's International
Mr. Colin Allen, Vice Chair, International Disability Alliance


Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

At this Side Event, a draft preliminary report on findings from Phase I of research conducted by IDPP on the “Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the UN System and Broader Global Governance Processes” will be presented. Practices on inclusion and accessibility, as well as lessons from and implications of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and other UN conferences, will also be shared by national governments, UN organizations and other stakeholders, and disabled persons' organizations.

Discussions will focus on taking action toward disability-inclusive global governance and disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the prospective addition of a tenth UN Designated Major Group for persons with disabilities. Discussions will contribute to the further inclusion and effective participation of persons with disabilities in UN agencies, on-going work on the post-2015 development framework, UN Major Groups structure, and global governance processes.


Context:

The UN CRPD, adopted in 2006, has been ratified by 154 States Parties. The Conference of States Parties to the Convention (COSP) has been rapidly growing as a global mechanism to exchange experiences and new ideas on the implementation of the Convention, and is successfully responding to the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities who participate in and lead the annual Conference. In support of the commitment of the international community to ensure the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in decision-making processes, The Nippon Foundation has been taking a lead in making UN conferences and meetings accessible for persons with disabilities to help ensure their participation and leadership in global issues.

For example, in support of the importance of accessibility as a means and goal of inclusive development in societies around the world, highlighted at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) in September 2013, The Nippon Foundation supported the presentation of the HLMDD Outcome Document in a multimedia accessible format for persons with disabilities. Furthermore, in collaboration with the Government of Japan, UN system, disabled persons' organizations, and organizations with a focus on disaster risk reduction, The Nippon Foundation ensured that the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and relevant public forums in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015 was accessible for persons with disabilities in all aspects of the proceedings. As a result, the active participation of more than 200 persons with disabilities contributed to the fruitful discussions on implementation of inclusive disaster risk reduction and the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This framework denotes a critical role for persons with disabilities in disaster risk assessment, as well as designing and implementing plans that take into consideration the principles of universal design and other critical elements. The practices applied in the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction can be applied by other UN conferences and meetings, particularly in the ongoing work and implementation of a post-2015 development agenda, to further advance the inclusiveness and effective participation of persons with disabilities in the UN system and global governance processes.