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IDPP to Participate in UNCRPD States Parties Conference

The IDPP will send a delegation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties at United Nations headquarters in New York City next week.

The Conference of States Parties, which will take place 6-9 September 2011, will focus on the implementation of the UNCRPD, including roundtable discussions on the role of civil society, international cooperation, NGOs, and Disabled Peoples’ Organizations to effectively realize and promote the UNCRPD.

The IDPP’s participation is a testament to the continued collaboration between COTELCO and IDPP institutional partners. IDPP participants will be led by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor of International Relations at American University (AU)’s School of International Service; Associate Professor of Information at Syracuse University (SU)’s School of Information Studies; Executive Director of COTELCO, a joint research center at AU and SU; and Executive Director of the IDPP. The delegation will represent American University, a founding institutional partner of the IDPP, while also joining forces with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University as part of its official delegation. BBI is a supporting partner of the IDPP that advances the civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities worldwide. Participants from the IDPP, including COTELCO and IDPP staff and AU students, will also serve as official rapporteurs during the event.

The  UNCRPD was created by the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, chaired by Ambassador Luis Gallegos, who teaches the course “Disability Policy and Organization: UNCRPD” as part of the curriculum for the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program.

Also attending the Conference of States Parties are IDPP Advisory Council members Dr. Peter Blanck, Professor at Syracuse University and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University; Mr. Victor Pineda, Founder and Chairman of the Victor Pineda Foundation, which advances the human rights of young people with disabilities; Senator Monthian Buntan of the Upper House of the Royal Thai Parliament; Ms. Maria Veronica Reina, Executive Director of the Global Partnership on Disability and Development at The World Bank; as well as IDPP Executive Committee member Dr. Larry Campbell, Immediate Past President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, and Mr. Yasunobu Ishii of The Nippon Foundation, a strategic partner and the funding organization of the IDPP.