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Towards an inclusive and equitable world for children with disabilities and marginalized children

Panel discussion as part of the 2012 Forum of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities

Who:  Panelist will include:

Ambassador Carsten Staur, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN; Dr. Lenin Moreno, Vice President of Ecuador; Ron McCallum, Chair of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee; Richard Morgan, UNICEF Senior Advisor, Post-2015 Agenda; Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director of Programme, Human Rights Watch; Diane Mulligan, Coordinator of International Advocacy and Alliances, CBM; and Kudakwashe Dube, Chief Executive Officer, Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

Moderator: Abid Aslam, Editor of the State of the World’s Children Report, UNICEF

Other participants: Youth representatives and activists from various countries including Fiji, Pakistan, Sweden, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic.

A panel of experts will discuss how to realize an inclusive and equitable world for children with disabilities and what the post-2015 development agenda should look like for achieving this critical goal.
Friday 14 September 2012, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST

UNICEF House, Labouisse Hall, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York

The event will be live-streamed at: http://www.livestream.com/unicef 

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GPcwd

With more than 100 organizations, the Global Partnership was created to increase attention to children with disabilities, who are among the most stigmatized and excluded of all the world’s children. On the occasion of the upcoming Fifth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the partners will gather at the Forum which will be hosted by UNICEF on 14-15 September 2012. 

Participants will include Governments, UN Agencies, youth representatives, civil society organizations, the Inter-Agency Support Group on the CRPD,  and the GPCwD partners themselves, which includes the three global disability networks (International Disability Alliance, International Disability and Development Consortium, and Global Partnership on Disability and Development) and more than 100 organizations, including Save the Children, World Vision, Plan International and other champions on children’s rights.
With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, discussions are underway to determine what the next era of development should look like. 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 CRPD, and discuss viable strategies to influence the post-2015 agenda towards an inclusive development approach.

For further information, please contact:
Iman Morooka, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1 212 326 7211,




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