IDPP Presence at CRPD States Parties Conference
A delegation consisting of IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn and four IDPP staff members (AU students and alumni) attended the Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP4) to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The four IDPP staff members served as official rapporteurs to the Secretariat, while a significant number of IDPP Advisory Board/Council and Executive Committee members presented at plenary sessions. As rapporteurs, reports submitted by the IDPP delegation at each session became a key part of the official record of the COSP4 event. The compiled records were used by session chairs’ closing remarks, and were consolidated for use at the COSP4 Closing Session.
Pictured: The Nippon Foundation representative Mr. Yasunobu Ishii; IDPP Executive Committee member Dr. Larry Campbell; U.S. State Department Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Ms. Judy Heumann; and IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn
This premier international event for international disability issues, which took place 6-9 September 2011 at UN headquarters, is the annual meeting of states parties, high-level delegates, and civil society representatives to confer about the CRPD. This year’s theme – Enabling Development, Realizing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – focused on the global implementation of the CRPD.
The Opening Session of COSP4 facilitated States Parties High-Level Statements, allowing Ministers and Ambassadors the opportunity to provide progress reports on the implementation of the CRPD in their countries. IDPP Advisory Council member Ms. Maria Veronica Reina, Executive Director of the Global Partnership on Disability and Development at The World Bank, and Mr. Yasunobu Ishii of The Nippon Foundation spoke at Round Table I, “Realizing the CRPD through International Cooperation.” A special moment occurred when Mr. Ishii, in discussing The Nippon Foundation’s emphasis on investing in human capacity-building projects to advance disability rights, introduced the IDPP and CIDP Master’s program. As a result, the IDPP is now part of the official written transcription of COSP4 and is mentioned in a United Nations press release.
IDPP staff serve as official rapporteurs to the Secretariat at the UNCRPD Fourth States Parties Conference
IDPP Advisory Board member Senator Monthian Buntan of the Upper House of the Royal Thai Parliament presented at Round Table II, “Ensuring Effective and Full Participation in Political and Public Life.” Senator Buntan spoke about the increasing rules of law being created in Thailand, including an administrative court and legal mandates, which hold the government subject to legal obligations. These structures have resulted in strides toward the implementation of the CRPD, and pave the way for increased future progress.
The IDPP delegation also offered a virtual briefing live from the event, further demonstrating the virtual collaboration among a geographically-distributed network that the IDPP represents and promotes. An accessible recording of the briefing via Blackboard Collaborate is available below:
(Captions available via Window>Show Closed-Captioning once in virtual session)
IDPP Advisory Council member Ms. Maria Veronica Reina and The Nippon Foundation representative Mr. Yasunobu Ishii present at a roundtable while IDPP staff rapporteur below