The CoSP and side events provide a critical opportunity not just to bring OUR VOICE to the UN but to learn and hear from others. There was particular focus in this event on the post-2015 agenda and the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to the CoSP, the UN issued the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This document will guide the next phase of negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs. II in partnership with OHCHR and other leaders in the disability community have provided leadership in shaping and securing explicit reference to inclusive education in goal four. This is a significant outcome of our advocacy efforts – in particular, II’s leadership on the issue at an experts meeting hosted by UNICEF and the UN Office for the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Madrid in December 2013. The current draft of goal 4 is an important first step in ensuring disability is included in education efforts of the SDGs. While additional references to disability should have been included in many of the goals – in particular the goal on poverty there are numerous references in the goals to marginalized groups and to inclusion which are opportunities to build upon. Critical next steps for the post-2015 process will be to ensure that there is a robust monitoring and implementation framework that has inclusive indicators to ensure disability is not left out.
Participants at the CoSP reaffirmed the importance of three upcoming meetings and events that will influence the post-2015 development agenda:
- High Level Political Forum. June 26 – July 8, 2015, UN Headquarters, New York, USA
The High Level Political Forum is the main platform at the United Nations for discussing sustainable development. Through the International Disability Alliance, II has been contributing to cross-disability efforts to ensure that the HLPF includes a focus on disability in its efforts and works to ensure disability is included in the sustainable development goals.
- Oslo Summit on Education for Development. July 6 – 7, 2015, Oslo Norway
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, will host a global summit on education. The event will focus on 4 pillars (Financing for education; Girls; Inclusive education (focus on children with disabilities); Education in situations of emergencies). It is expected to contribute to the Financing for Development Conference. The Summit is by invitation only. A civil society event is being held on July 6. II member, NFU, will be at the event.
- Financing for Development. July 13 – 16, 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This critical conference will have significant influence in determining how governments will finance development. The Addis conference, the third of its kind, will have direct impact on the post-2015 development agenda. II is coordinating a small delegation from Inclusion Africa to participate in this event. If you are planning on attending, please let us know.
CoSP and the CRPD Committee: Robert Martin nominated to CRPD Committee
The Government of New Zealand announced its nomination of Robert Martin to the CRPD committee of experts. Robert, an II Honourary Lifetime member and the leader of II’s self-advocate delegation during negotiations of the CRPD, is the first person with an intellectual disability to be nominated to the CRPD Committee. Elections will be held at the 2016 CoSP.