Topic: United Nations Activities and Reports

Geneva vlogs for 11 September

Transcript Frances: Hi Kelly. Kelly Cox: Hi. Frances: So, how have you found being at the UN for the first couple of days? Kelly: I’ve found it very interesting, and a little bit exciting, and an honour to be here to represent the disability community of Australia. Frances: Do you think any themes have come…

Highlights from Day 3 at the CRPD Review

This morning several delegates met with the CRPD member for New Zealand, Robert Martin. Robert has a particular interest in issues around people with intellectual disability. On Wednesday afternoon we conducted a side event for CRPD committee members and other interested parties, ‘Voices of people with disability’. We spoke at length on a number of…

Highlights from Day 2 at the CRPD Review

Today we continued our work in Geneva. Some of our delegates attended the final session of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It was an engaging session. Other delegates met with CRPD committee members from Africa. We discussed justice, migration, legislation and inclusive education. In the evening we all attended a screening…

Geneva vlogs for 10 September

Transcript Frances: Justen.Justen Thomas: Hey, how’re you doing?Frances: Here we are at the UN.Justen: Yes, it’s very nice, isn’t it?Frances: It’s very nice, very beautiful.Justen: A few peacocks there giving us peer support.Frances: That’s right, in the background behind us we’ve got some peacocks behind us, so they’re our emotional support animals.Justen: The mascot of…

Highlights from Day 1 at the CRPD Review

Today our delegation had our first formal private session with the CRPD committee. Each of our delegates spoke of their experiences and concerns for people with disability . The committee was highly impressed with our delegation, our level of knowledge, expertise and our co-ordination. Some of our delegates met with members from Switzerland and Lithuania.…

People with disability tell United Nations about abuse, discrimination

People with disability from across Australia will today tell the United Nations in Geneva about our lives, and whether Australia is meeting its obligations to fulfil our rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). “Today, I’ll be telling the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities…