This week in New York UNICEF is hosting the first gathering of the newly established Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd). The forum will include a high-level panel discussion on ‘Creating an Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda’, which will be broadcast live at: http://www.WorldWeWant2015.org/. This panel is being organized as part of the Post-2015 thematic consultation on inequalities, led by UN Women and UNICEF.
You are invited to watch the opening session of the Forum and join the high-level panel discussion on 14 September 2012. These sessions will be broadcast live here at 2:30-5:30 PM EDT (New York time). Participants via the live-stream broadcast will be able to take part in the Q&A session through interactive features on the web. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GPcwd to follow the discussions and tweet questions for the panel.
Schedule: Friday, 14 September:
- 14:30- 15:00 (EDT): Opening session by Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF Director of Programmes; Yannis Vardakastanis, Chair International Disability Alliance; and two young people with disabilities.
- 15:00-17:00 PM (EDT): High-level panel on “Creating an Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda” – The expert panel will discuss the importance and potential impact of targeting the rights of children with disabilities in the post-2015 agenda, followed by a discussion with the audience, both in the room and online.
- Dr. Lenin Moreno, Vice President of Ecuador
- Mr. Carsten Staur, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations
- Ron McCallum, Chair of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee
- Richard Morgan, Senior Advisor, Post-2015 Agenda, UNICEF
- Diane Mulligan, Coordinator of International Advocacy and Alliances, CBM
- Kudakwashe Dube, Chief Executive Officer, Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities
- Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director of Program, Human Rights Watch
- Moderator: Abid Aslam, Editor of State of the World’s Children, UNICEF
With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, civil society, academics, governments and the UN system are already discussing what the next era of development should look like. There is recognition that there is still unfinished business and the MDGs, as originally designed, did not take into consideration children with disabilities. Therefore this panel will focus on realizing equity for children with disabilities in the post-2015 agenda and reflect on what an inclusive world would look like after 2015. The speakers will reiterate the linkages between the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and discuss viable strategies to influence the post-2015 agenda towards an inclusive development approach.
Event Hashtag: #GPcwd
Other relevant hashtags: #post2015 #ChildDisabilities #worldwewant