On October 20th 2011, the Center for Disability Law and Policy (NUI Galway) and CBM Ireland in conjunction with Dochas and partners from the disability sector will host a one-day conference.
This is a one day seminar aimed at civil society, disability organizations, activists, development organization, philanthropists, students, policymakers and decision-makers, elected representatives and the media.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations in 2006 has signaled the dawn of a new era in disability rights. To realize its vision, it must be understood in terms of the practical initiatives that are needed at a local, regional and global level to bring about inclusion for people with disabilities. These initiatives carried out in partnership with people with disabilities must be targeted at dismantling structural barriers that prevent the achievement of their full potential as citizens of Ireland and of the globe.
Spearheading these inclusive initiatives should not solely be confined to domestic policy responses of individual States. A spirit of global cooperation is now needed to respond to the diversity of places where people with disabilities live such as post conflict countries; fledgling democracies, low income and high-income countries.
This global cooperation should transcend borders, socio-economic barriers and cultural differences. It should focus on how the principles of the Convention can be realized and how inclusive development can facilitate this particularly in countries where resources are limited. The Convention tells us that inclusive development is not just about the transfer of financial resources. It is about reflecting on how international cooperation can be inclusive of persons with disabilities. It is about creating opportunities for collaboration among States and their citizens and it is about sharing knowledge of successful strategies for inclusion.
Ireland was one of the first countries to sign the Convention; it has also given commitment to its ratification. This conference gives participants the opportunity to consider how Ireland can take a leadership role in promoting international cooperation that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Ms. Judith Heumann, (Special Adviser on International Disability Rights to the US Department of State) will deliver the keynote speech. Other distinguished speakers include former Australian MP Bob McMullan.
This exciting one-day conference will showcase how international cooperation and global collaboration on disability rights has brought positive change for persons with disabilities.
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