Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities

Early Childhood Intervention & The Power of Family
Open Society Foundations

The Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is a network of more than 240 organizations, including international NGOs, national and local NGOs, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), governments, academia and the private sector, working to advance the rights of children with disabilities at the global, regional and country levels. With a rights-based approach, the Partnership provides a platform for advocacy and collective action to ensure the rights of children with disabilities are included and prioritized by both the Disability and Child Rights Movement.

This network established in March 2011 led to the inagurual forum, which was held from 14-15 September, 2012 at UNICEF House in New York. Discussions were held to advocate for an inclusive post 2015-agenda.  Four tasks forces were formed to influence the mainstreaming of disability rights into global child-focused agendas.

Coordination of the GPcwd is currently being led by UNICEF and each task force is coordinated by one of the Partner organizations. An initial workplan from September 2012 - August 2013 has been created with the aim to report back to the group at the 2013 Forum that will be held 24 September 2013, immediately following the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development.

Forum 2012

Forum 2013

List of GPcwd Members

GPcwd Task Forces



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Messages to GPcwd

2013 Final Report