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Subject: [AdHoc_IDC] Invitation to global conference in Ethiopia on UN Convention on Rights of Persons with disabilities
STILL TIME TO REGISTER. BUT HURRY!
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
A call for action on poverty, discrimination and lack of access
Conference organized by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Leonard Cheshire Disability
20-22 May 2008
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Leonard Cheshire Disability are delighted to invite you to our global conference on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This conference will bring together governments from all over the world to support their efforts to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Senior representatives from the UN, disabled people's organisations, non-governmental organisations, academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs from around the world will also actively participate.
Key confirmed panel speakers will include:
a.. Shieka Hessa Khalifa Al Thani, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability
b.. Maria Veronica Reina, Executive Director of Global Programme of Disability and Development
a.. Rachel Kachaje, Deputy Chairperson for Development and Under-Represented Groups, Africa Regional Office, Disabled Peoples International
b.. A.K. Dube, Head of Secretariat, African Decade
c.. Elly Macha, Executive Director, African Union of the Blind, Kenya
d.. Alex Phiri, Director, SAFOD
e.. Alexia Prudence Turimei Manombe-Ncube, Member of Parliament, Namibia
f.. Mr. Ashish Kumar, Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, India
g.. Sophie Mitra, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Fordham University
h.. Mr.Syamal Gupta, Tata Sons Ltd
i.. Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Barclays, Head of Diversity Adviser, Barclays
j.. Charlotte Nhlapo-McClain-, Disability Advisor, World Bank
k.. Dan Mont, Senior Economist, World Bank
l.. Marinke van Riet, Executive Secretary/Director, International Forum for Rural Transport and Development
Together we will explore what changes are required to combat the poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face. To facilitate this change, the meeting will identify strategies for the implementation of the new Convention. Finally, it will draw up a global call for action to advance full and equal enjoyment of all human rights for people with disabilities.
19 May Pre-conference workshop on research data on disability
20 May Keynote speeches on the Convention and progress reports from governments on ratification and the challenges of implementation
21 May Panels and workshops on key themes relating to poverty elimination, including strengthening national strategies and action plans, what employers can do to employ more people with disabilities and the role of microfinance in alleviating poverty. Panels and workshops on combating discrimination highlighting gaps between policy and practice and discrimination in education and the media.
22 May Panels and workshops on enabling access, including innovation in accessible education, the digital divide, accessible transport, and access to relationships and family life. Workshops will be held on using ratification and mainstreaming toolkits.
To register and for more information please view the link on http://www.LCDisability.org/internationalconference2008 or contact the Conference Secretariat [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
Please note that registration closes on 18 April 2008.
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