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|14-year-old delegate Rabjyot Singh Kohli of India is interviewed by World of Inclusion Ltd's Richard Rieser.|
The inaugural Forum on the GPcwd involving more than 180 registered participants was held 14-15 September 2012 at UNICEF House in New York. The event was opened by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director who was joined by Carsten Staur, Ambassador to the UN for Denmark, Chris Stokes of the Australia Mission representing Ambassador Gary Quinlan, Timothy Shriver, CEO and Chairman of Special Olympics, and Ariel Ary, Special Olympics Global Messenger. The Government of Australia was also represented by Rosemary McKay, Director of Disability Inclusive Development at AusAid.
For the first time the partners came together to discuss ways to advocate for an inclusive post-2015 agenda; establish four task forces with the aim to influence the mainstreaming of disability rights in global child-focused agendas, namely in nutrition, education, humanitarian action and assistive technology; and discuss collaboration at the country level in Haiti, Rwanda, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Malawi, Mozambique, Bangladesh and for the Central and Eastern European and Commonwealth of Independent States Region (CEE/CIS). A Call to Action was made to meet the critical need for inclusive, integrated and collaborative rights-based development with a focus on children with disabilities.
UNICEF's Policy advocacy and partnerships page on the GPCwD Forum.