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|Kazakhstan, 2010: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Batyrkhan Shukenov speaks at a Special Olympics Kazakhstan sports event.|
A vibrant, energised, and effective civil society is essential to achieving the Millennium development Goals (MDGs) for all children. Collaboration with civil society is critical to the success and sustainability of UNICEF’s efforts to realize the rights of children with disabilities and promote the equity agenda. Strategic partnerships with civil society support resource mobilization efforts, amplify the impact of equity-focused policy advocacy, strengthen the reach and impact of services and programmes for the worst deprived children and communities, and ensure results are sustainable.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) says: ”States Parties recognize the importance of international cooperation and its promotion, in support of national efforts for the realization of the purpose and objectives of the present Convention, and will undertake appropriate and effective measures in this regard, between and among States and, as appropriate, in partnership with relevant international and regional organizations and civil society, in particular organizations of persons with disabilities.”
With their knowledge of the national political context, numerous social networks, and direct access to communities, civil society organizations have the potential to dramatically strengthen the reach and impact of interventions in child protection, education, health, nutrition, HIV and AIDS, and water and sanitation.
In line with the spirit and principles of the CRPD, UNICEF considers the following measures for the realisation of the rights of people with disabilities through civil society partnerships:
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