A delegation representing the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) will attend the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). COSP runs from 14th to 16th June 2016 and will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Significantly, 2016 will mark ten years since the United Nations’ adoption of the CRPD.
The annual conference invites delegates from signatories to the UN CRPD and representatives from civil society organisations and Governments around the world to discuss implementation of the CRPD and related international development issues. The overall theme for the conference is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. Thematic discussions and side events will address the four subthemes:
- Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities
- Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities
- Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development
- Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD
The ACDA delegation will undertake significant work at COSP CRPD, including hosting and co-hosting side events; attending and participating in pre-arranged high-level meetings; speaking at a range of side events being hosted and co-hosted by Governments, international organisations and civil society; as well as networking and stakeholder engagement.
The ACDA will be represented at COSP CRPD by ten delegates who reflect a diverse cross-section of people with disability and representation from the four founding ACDA organisations.
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