Nagase at UN Discussing Self-Advocacy

IMG_1482On 5 February 2016 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Nagase Osamu, council member and the Asia Pacific Regional Representative of Inclusion International, joined the multi-stakeholder panel discussion, “Implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda in light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. As a panelist, Nagase discussed the historic background of social development leading to the CRPD, emphasizing the importance of self-advocacy of persons with intellectual disability, as well as supporting the IDA proposal for the annual multi-stakeholder panel discussion to provide input from disability perspective to the High Level Political Forum of the SDGs process. (Click here to read Nagase’s statement)

Nagase also encouraged governments to support the nomination of Robert Martin, our former council member and the third vice-president, to the CRPD Committee. The election will take place during the Conference of States Parties on 14 June.

In this connection, to our delight, the Japanese translation of Robert Martin’s biography “Becoming a Person” has just come out. Robert submitted a message to Japanese readers. Nagase supervised the translation and submitted a commentary to the book, saying that this is a story of a family and the community as well as conflict and reconciliation.

Photos by Ito Minori.

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