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Not just a side event


To compliment Elizabeth’s blog, which gives a good overview of the attention paid to persons with disabilities in the UN deliberations last week, I will give you a quick overview of the side event which took place as part of our advocacy, on Thursday 6th, at the UN Headquarters. Titled ‘Include Persons with Disabilities in the Sustainable Development Process‘, and hosted by IDA, IDDC, together with the Permanent Missions of the EU and Greece.

Include Persons with Disabilities in the Sustainable Development Process - side event at the 8th Open Working Group - a packed room

Include Persons with Disabilities in the Sustainable Development Process – side event at the 8th Open Working Group – a packed room- Photo Eleni Vardakastani

There was a completely packed room, with an estimated 80 countries represented, in addition UN agencies and members of the IDA and IDDC. Many of the member states representatives, who we personally invited during our face to face meetings with week were in attendance.

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An intense week of discussions in New York

This week has seen a whole range of cold, freezing, slushy and stormy weather conditions in New York, including closure of the UN headquarters due to freezing snow. The roads are full of slush, or frozen, and walking conditions are treacherous…. but nonetheless work is going well.

As I mentioned in my previous blog on the Open Working Group in New York this week, we have been undertaking schedule of meetings with Permanent Missions to the UN here. Countries we have met till now include Canada, Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, France, Vietnam, Tunisia, Poland, Austria, Indonesia, Norway, Republic of Korea and Saudi Arabia. There are more to come.

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An important week for Inclusion

Many of you may have read Elizabeth’s blog, explaining the important decisions being taken by the UN in New York this year- leading to an overall framework for international cooperation after 2015 (the ‘post 2015 agenda’).

States have many issues to decide, some issues seem already to have been decided. For example, it is clear that most governments foresee a merging of the development and the sustainability agenda. Every strategy to reduce poverty should be planned together with environmental and social sustainability. CBM has supported this, since our original MDG position paper, recognising the links between poverty, disability and sustainable development. Persons with disabilities are highly affected by issues such as climate change and urbanization, and should be fully included in all measures to tackle poverty. The writing is on the wall, if not already in a UN resolution, that the Rio +20 agenda and the post MDG processes, will be one.

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Getting more Parliamentarians involved in work on Disability Rights

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It is my pleasure to share with you my impressions from a major parliamentary gathering, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which will take place in Ethiopia. So during the course of the next week, you will be reading how our activities to involve parliamentarians in the work on disability inclusive development are going. Continue reading