(FR- EN)Assemblée Parlementaire Paritaire: la rencontre des députés de l’UE, de l’Afrique, des Carraibes et du Pacifique – Joint Parliamentary Assembly: A meeting between members of the European parliament (MEPs) and MPs from Africa, the Carribean and the Pacific

Du 16 au 21 juin 2017 se tenait à Malte dans le cadre de l’accord de Cotonou, l’Assemblée Parlementaire Paritaire (APP) ou les parlementaires de l’Union Européenne, de l’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) se sont réunis pour échanger sur des thématiques variées telles que la santé, l’aide au développement ou encore la famine. Durant les six jours de cette assemblée, j’ai eu l’occasion de tenir un stand IDDC ou j’ai pu présenter certaines de nos publications mais également différentes positions politiques et interagir avec les participants. Ces quelques jours de réunions m’ont permis d’accomplir différents objectifs, comme en premier lieu de présenter le consortium. La tenue de ce stand durant l’APP est l’occasion de faire connaître IDDC et par la même occasion CBM auprès des membres des différents parlements, corps institutionnels et diplomatiques mais, permet aussi d’interpeller les députés sur l’importance d’inclure le handicap au sein des discussions politiques. Il est important de rappeler qu’en 2011, suite aux efforts de Lars et avec le soutien de la députée européenne Catherine Bearder, les membres de l’APP avaient adopté une résolution sur l’inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap, or celle-ci a largement été mise de côté par les députés et n’a pas fait preuve du suivi requis. Ma participation à l’APP fut l’occasion de rappeler les engagements pris et c’est pourquoi avant mon départ, je me suis entretenue avec Catherine Bearder afin de relancer le processus de discussion. De ce fait, lors de cette APP à Malte c’est avec satisfaction que je l’ai entendu mentionner lors des débats de la commission des affaires sociales et de l’environnement, d’une part ladite résolution mais également la décision d’inclure à nouveau le handicap au sein de l’agenda de la prochaine réunion de la commission des affaires sociales le 12 octobre à Bruxelles. En deuxième lieu, les différentes discussions qui se déroulent lors de l’APP nous permettent de soulever la question du handicap auprès des rapporteurs et autres députés qui développent des rapports sur des sujets pertinents. Ce fut notamment le cas lors de la discussion du forum des femmes ou le rapport sur la situation des femmes réfugiées et en demande d’asile au sein de l’Union Européenne mentionne à plusieurs reprises la nécessité de protéger les femmes en situation de handicap et de répondre à leurs besoins de manière appropriée. La santé a également été au cœur des débats avec notamment la mise en avant de l’importance de la prévention. Une discussion avec le rapporteur du rapport nous laisse à penser que la dimension des maladies infectieuses et de la prévention du handicap sera reflétée dans la résolution. Enfin, un rapport sur le rôle du sport comme outil pour l’éducation et l’éradication de la pauvreté a également été discuté. Le bénéfice du sport dans l’inclusion des personnes les plus marginalisées y compris les personnes en situation de handicap a été soulevé à plusieurs reprises. Enfin, l’APP c’est également l’opportunité pour moi de faire le lien entre les députés et nos bureaux pays afin de maximiser les relations mais également les actions de plaidoyer aussi bien au niveau international, national que local.

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From the 16th to 21st June 2017, the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA ) took place in Malta where parliamentarians from the European Union, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) met to exchange views on various topics such as health, development aid and famine. During the six days of meeting, I had the opportunity to hold an IDDC stand where I could present some of our publications but also different political positions and interact with participants. These few days of meetings allowed me to accomplish different objectives, as in the first place to present the consortium. Holding this stand during the JPA was an opportunity to introduce IDDC but also CBM to members of the various parliaments, institutional and diplomatic bodies, but also to exchange with MEPs and MPs on the importance of including disability in political discussions. It is important to remember that in 2011, due to Lars’ advocacy and with the support of MEP Catherine Bearder, members of the JPA adopted a resolution on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. However this resolution has largely been set aside and the concrete follow up has not been done. My participation at the JPA was an opportunity to recall the commitments made during the adoption of the resolution and that is why, before my departure, I met with Catherine Bearder in order to re-launch the discussion process. Therefore, during this JPA in Malta, it was with satisfaction that during the debates of the Committee on Social Affairs and Environment I heard a mention of the resolution, but also a decision to include disability as a point on the agenda of the next meeting of the Committee on Social Affairs which will take place the 12 October in Brussels. Secondly, the various discussions that are taking place during the JPA allowed me to advocate towards the rapporteurs and other MEPs and MPs who are developing reports on relevant topics. This was particularly the case during the Women’s Forum where the report on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union mentions several times the need to protect women with disabilities but also the necessity to respond in an adequat manner to their needs. Health has also been at the heart of the debate, where the importance of prevention has been highlighted. A discussion with the rapporteur of the report suggests that the dimension of infectious diseases and the prevention of disability will be reflected in the resolution. Finally, a report on the role of sport as a tool for education and the eradication of poverty was also discussed. The benefits of sport in including the most marginalized, including people with disabilities, have been raised several times. Finally, the JPA was also the opportunity for me link MPs with our country offices in order to maximize our advocacy at international, national and local level.

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10th COSP in review

The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) is officially over! This year was an important year as it was the 10th session of COSP and there was more activity than ever before with over 80 side events, numerous parallel events and receptions, as well as the civil society CRPD forum on Monday, 12 June. Moreover, for the first time, civil society and Member States were able to have exhibitions in the UN to raise awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities during the conference.

This year, there was a record number of presenters – approximately 130 –  during the General Debate, and in the Ministerial Segment, there were more than 20 high-level speakers, including the First Lady of Ecuador who opened the General Debate. Additionally, the round table discussions centered on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, commitments in the humanitarian area, and the New Urban Agenda

As CBM we were incredibly active with representatives from three Member Associations, International Advocacy and Alliances (IAA), and DPO partners. CBM colleagues included Jane Edge, CEO of CBM Australia; Sarah Meschenmoser, CBM Germany; Mirjam Gasser, CBM Switzerland; Diane Kingston, IAA; and me. In addition, IAA in New York supported Risna Utami from OHANA in Indonesia to attend COSP.

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Mirjam Gasser presenting the official CBM statement

Mirjam presented the official statement on behalf of CBM on 15 June highlighting our programmatic work, women with disabilities, and our engagement in the New Urban Agenda. She also moderated an event on political participation of persons with disabilities. Diane moderated and presented in numerous events and was part of an official COSP panel. I presented on the accessibility campaign I have led at the UN to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities at the HLPF. Additionally, we co-sponsored two events and held an exhibition table for three days in which we shared publications on our programs and had engaging conversations.

Quite a few of CBM’s partners attended COSP and the following are the views they shared on the value of attending global UN events for national programs and work.

 

We have been supporting our partner, Risna Utami from OHANA in Indonesia, to attend COSP since 2014. Risna says that from this global advocacy at the UN level, she now has a strong influence in her government and that the top level – the Presidential Office –  now trusts her and consequently wants to make Indonesia more inclusive of persons with disabilities.

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Risna and me at COSP

Risna is actively involved with the CBM Indonesia office, as well as CBM Australia in which she carried out a DID training to Australian Embassy and DFAT staff in Jakarta.

Our partner Victor Baute from RIADIS and Venezuela also attended COSP this year. RIADIS and CBM-LARO have an MoU and plan to strengthen CBM’s linkages at the national level in the region. Similar to Risna, Victor has participated in BRIDGE trainings and subsequently has provided local workshops on the CRPD and the SDGs to Latin American DPOs and partners. Victor views COSP as a platform to learn about good practices and examples to replicate and improve on CRPD and SDG implementation, human rights mechanisms, and build upon international exchange and partnerships (SDG 17).

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Our partner Rama Dhakal and Jane Edge CEO of CBM Australia at COSP

Our partner Rama Dhakal from the National Association of the Physical Disabled – Nepal also attended the COSP. She is the immediate past president of Nepal disabled women’s association and has been a partner with CBM since 2010 when she worked with CBM on education for children with disabilities and livelihood for women with disabilities. CBM supported Rama to attend AWID and also recently attended the DID meeting in the Philippines. Rama views COSP as an effective platform to learn about the challenges of the CRPD for the national government and then bring those back to the country level and address them. Additionally, the HLPF provides an opportunity to better understand the national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a space in which persons with disabilities can engage and intervene, which is not always possible at the national level.

Sebastian Toledo, Director of CONADI Guatemala attended COSP and is our partner in Guatemala. Specifically, CONADI presented the national Guatemalan disability survey – ENDIS 2016 – at the Guatemalan Mission to the UN to DPO representatives, Missions, and others from Latin America. CBM was involved in this survey with technical leadership and financial contribution. COSP provided a platform and space to share the findings and to discuss ways to build upon this work nationally, regionally, and globally.

Global platforms, such as COSP, are instrumental for our work as they provide a space to learn, discuss, and strengthen the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which in turn is further strengthened by the ambitious and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which for the first time recognizes persons with disabilities as agents of change for sustainable development. The 11th session of COSP will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 14 June 2018. Get ready and see you there next year!

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All of the CBM representatives together at COSP10: Jane Edge, Diane Kingston, Elizabeth Lockwood, Mirjam Gasser, and Sarah Meschenmoser

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Mirjam Gasser, Sarah Meschenmoser, and me in front of the CBM exhibition

One more step in the global indicator framework

On 7 June, the UN Economic and Social Council formally adopted the global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator framework at their Coordination and Management Meeting. The next step is that the global framework will be presented at the UN General Assembly for adoption in September, which is needed for full adoption of the framework.

The global indicator framework is important for persons with disabilities, as data collection can provide the number of persons with disabilities living in a location, the barriers they encounter, and what policies and programs are needed to eradicate those barriers. Disaggregation of data by disability is a key step in including persons with disabilities who encounter higher rates of poverty and exclusion from society. The global indicator framework is important at the local and national levels where SDG implementation takes place, and is linked to our CBM programs in the areas of inclusive education, ensuring healthy lives, water and sanitation for all, gender equality, climate change, inclusive cities among other areas.

Furthermore, the framework can be used as a guide for monitoring the SDGs and can be a tool for disability-inclusive development since 11 indicators have references to persons with disabilities. These indicators are in the areas of poverty eradication, education (2 references), employment (2 references), reducing inequalities, sustainable and inclusive cities (3 references), and peaceful and inclusive societies (2 references). In addition, the paragraph on disaggregation includes disaggregation of data by disability.

Each indicator is ranked in a tier system with three tiers:

  • Tier 1: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.
  • Tier 2: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.
  • Tier 3: No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested.

The disability-inclusive indicators are mostly found in Tier III (5) and Tier II (4), with only one in Tier I. There is one indicator that could be in any three of the Tiers depending on the indices.

Stay tuned for updates on the global indicator framework, and know that this is one step closer to ensuring that no one is left behind and building a more inclusive society.

Additional Information

Disability Statistics: Our Place in the Sun

The 10th Conference of the States Parties to the CRPD

Next week the 10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD will take place at the UN in New York from 13-15 June. In conjunction, the CRPD Civil Society Forum will take place one day prior on 12 June and the DESA Forum on the day afterward on 16 June. The theme of this year’s COSP is “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention.”

Sub-themes include:

  • Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD;
  • Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action; and
  • Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda –  Habitat III

The COSP Bureau includes: President: Bulgaria (Eastern European Group) and Vice-Presidents: Tunisia (African Group), Sri Lanka (Asia-Pacific Group), Ecuador (Latin American and Caribbean Group) and Germany (Western European and Others Group)

CBM will have a strong presence this year with participation from Jane Edge, CEO CBM Australia; Sarah Meschenmoser, CBM Germany; Mirjam Gasser, CBM Switzerland; Diane Kingston, CBM International, IAA; Risna Utami, our partner from Indonesia; and me, CBM International, IAA.

Additionally, we will have an exhibition space inside the UN entitled “Leave no one behind: Disability-Inclusive Development through the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with CBM publications, brochures and postcards demonstrating how CBM engages in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in international cooperation through the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda. Moreover, our table will be situated alongside the exhibition of the CBM International, Handicap International and the International Disability Alliance project that is promoting inclusive humanitarian action for persons with disabilities. If you’re around, please stop by and say hi!

In addition, we are co-hosting and co-organizing two events:

  • 1:15-2:30 Tuesday 13 June – Persons with disabilities on the move: The rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities Conference Room 4 (Inclusion International, CBM, and Handicap International co-sponsoring with International Disability Alliance, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, European Disability Forum, EESC, Human Rights Watch) (CBM is co-sponsoring)
  • 11:45-1:00 Wednesday 14 June – Nothing about us without us: Enhancing participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life in Asia & Europe, Conference Room 11 (CBM, International Disability Alliance and Asia-Europe Foundation) (CBM is co-organizing and co-sponsoring)

Furthermore, Diane and I will participate in the following events:

Diane:

  • 13 June at 1:15 on people with disabilities on the move – moderating
  • 13 June at 3:00 on mental health and human rights – moderating
  • 14 June at 11:45 on political participation – moderating
  • 14 June at 6:15 on women and election to CRPD committee (Women Enabled) speaker

Elizabeth:

  • 14 June at 4:45 on Accessibility Issues for Hard of Hearing Persons [International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA)]

Stay tuned for more news and information throughout the week and follow us on Twitter for real-time updates: @LockwoodEM, @Diane_CBM, @JaneDEdge, @risnawati_utami