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Sightsavers to host side event at UN Conference of States Parties

June 2017
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The conference will be held at the United Nations HQ in New York on 13-15 June

Sightsavers is poised to participate in, and host a side event at, the 10th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The conference will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 13-15 June. The theme is ‘The second decade of the CRPD: inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in the implementation of the Convention’.

Our side event, ‘Translating policy into practice: implementing disability-inclusive development to realise the vision of Agenda 2030‘, will take place on Tuesday 13 June, and will discuss and promote the efforts undertaken by bilateral and multilateral development partners to deliver the inclusive ambition outlined by Agenda 2030, as it relates to people with disabilities.  

The event, co-sponsored by the UK Department for International Development, The World Bank, UNDESA, UN Women, and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, will feature a panel of experts discussing their work around four key principles of delivering disability-inclusive development:

  • Political will to deliver change
  • Demonstrating leadership
  • Driving inclusive practice and evidence
  • Sharing knowledge and information with partners on what works when working with people with disabilities

The panel members are:

  • Dominic Haslam, Director of Policy and Programme Strategy, Sightsavers
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Advisor, The World Bank
  • Monjurul Kabir, Head of Section Asia and the Pacific, UN Women
  • Gerard Howe, Head of Inclusive Societies Department, Department for International Development (UK)
  • Daniela Bas, Director Division for Social Policy and Development, UNDESA
  • Danlami Umaru Basharu, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Janina Hasenson, Deputy Director, Unit for Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Sightsavers will also have a stand at the conference promoting our disability inclusion work and highlighting the economic empowerment of women with disabilities.

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