• Europe

    DESA Releases Information on September 2019 SDG Summit

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has provided information on the September 2019 meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), also known as the “SDG Summit,” in a Question and Answers document on the HLPF webpage. The HLPF will convene on the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 September and all… Continue Reading »

    AAATE 2019 Conference and Call for Papers & Contributions

    “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology” – Discuss with the international expert community in the ambience of the world’s oldest university Bologna, Italy: From 27-30 August 2019, the University of Bologna (Italy) and the independent AT service provider AIAS, will host AAATE’s 15th international conference themed “Global Challenges in Assistive Technology”. The Association for the Advancement of… Continue Reading »

    Human Rights Treaties Expert Review

    INTERNATIONAL: In their efforts to elevate human rights reporting for state and non-state actors around inclusive Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport or iPEPAS, UNESCO is undertaking international consultation around associated articles of the Human Rights treaties and suggested indicators in order to develop a range of reporting and advocacy tools. Templates have been initialised from… Continue Reading »

    EXTENDED! IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies

    INTERNATIONAL: The IDA announced an extension to the deadline to complete the IDA Global Survey on DPO Participation in Development Programmes and Policies. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this first ever global survey in the disability rights movement!   The IDA Global Survey is available online on the following link: http://www..internationaldisabilityalliance.org/global-survey What is the IDA Global Survey: This… Continue Reading »

    Spanish Constitution Article on People with Disabilities Successfully Updated

    SPAIN: A landmark agreement has been made by the Spanish government to amend article 49 of the Spanish constitution (concerning people with disabilities) in order to better protect the rights of persons with disabilities. On Friday, December 7th, the Spanish government approved the plan by its Vice-President for governance, relations with parliament and equality, to… Continue Reading »

    CRPD Committee’s Views on Individual Communications under the Optional Protocol

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has updated the compilation of the CRPD Committee’s Views on individual communications under the optional protocol. You can read these at: http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/crpd-committee-interpretation. To date, the CRPD Committee has adopted 21 views on individual communications under the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, addressing different procedural and substantive issues. Together with the… Continue Reading »

    It’s Time to Engage! – HLPF 2019 Regional Sustainable Development Forums

    INTERNATIONAL: Each year, the five UN Regional Commissions organize regional preparatory meetings leading up to the High-level Political Forum in July. The meetings will be convened between March and April 2019. The regional platforms usually have a pre-meeting of civil society. It is a space to exchange on our advocacy in the five regions (Asia Pacific, Europe,… Continue Reading »

    CALLING FOR INPUTS for the Official Submission of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities to HLPF 2019

    INTERNATIONAL: Each year the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities submits a sectoral position paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). This year, our submission to the 2019 HLPF will have the overarching theme of “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring their inclusiveness and equality with others”. The submission will consist of 5 chapters around… Continue Reading »

    UN Report Finds Inclusion Gaps for People with Disabilities

    INTERNATIONAL: The UN released its first-ever report on persons with disabilities and the SDGs, finding persons with disabilities continue to face numerous barriers to their full inclusion and participation in the life of their communities. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the report during the commemoration of the International Day of Persons… Continue Reading »