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This was the final day of the formal conference, although side events will continue tomorrow. Our delegates attended morning side events including a very compelling one on assisted dying which brought forth many questions. Roundtables continued with repeated themes around climate change and disaster risk management, the impact (or lack thereof) of digital technology and…

Roundtables began today, covering all the themes of the conference. Damian Griffis from FPDN made a compelling case for First Nations Australians with disability in his statement to the UN. We attended many side events, including an event from the Disability Rights Fund about the impacts of climate change on women and girls. The effects…

An early start today for delegates as the side events kicked off in earnest. The IDA (international disability Association) sponsored a formal side event looking at the impacts of the Russian invasion on disabled people in Ukraine. This included a compelling live link from Kyiv. The day rapidly progressed with the formal opening of COSP15…

Our delegation attended a pre-briefing by the International Disability Association (IDA). The session was virtual, but the Australian Mission to the UN and DFAT hosted a screening for “Team Australia” delegates from Civil Society Organisations, including DPOA. Special guests included Rosemary Kayess, an Australian representative to the CRPD committee who is up for re-election this…

DPO Australia is participating in the 12th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). COSP runs from 11th to 13th June 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The annual conference brings together countries that have ratified the UN CRPD and representatives from…