13th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The 13th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opened on March 25, 2015. It runs 25 March – 17 April, 2015, at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

The following will be reviewed at the 13th Session of the Committee:

  • Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Mongolia and Turkmenistan

The Committee will also adopt the List of Issues for the European Union (EU).  The CRPD represents the first Convention in history that has been ratified by a regional body like the European Union. The adoption of the list of issues has significant potential to influence European efforts to implement the CRPD.

In the last week of the session, on 15 April, the committee will host a Day of General Discussion on Education.

II will have a strong presence throughout the committee, in particular at the Day of General Discussion on Education.

OUR VOICE at the 13th Session

II will have significant presence at the 13th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  We are proud to have such strong representation from our network.

Klaus Lachwitz, President of II, will be in Geneva 24 – 27 March, and will take part in the formal opening of the session.

From 1 – 2 April, Maureen Piggot, II council member and President of Inclusion Europe, and Magdi Birtha, Inclusion Europe, will be in Geneva during the adoption of the list of issues and participating in side events focused on the European Union.

During the week of 6 – 10 April, Nagase Osamu, II council member, will be in Geneva to support the Mongolian Parallel. II Director of Human Rights, Policy and Global Initiatives, Anna MacQuarrie will also participate in IDA training for disability organizations.

OUR Voice at the Day of General Discussion on Education, 15 April, 2015

As previously reported, the Committee will hold a Day of General Discussion on Education on 15 April, 2015 in Geneva. The decision comes from the Committee’s review of national reports regarding the implementation of Article 24.  The Committee invited stakeholders make submissions on education.  II sought input from members and hosted 3 webinars to help inform our submission.  II’s submission highlighted three key issues:

  • The right to education means the right to an inclusive education
  • Inclusive Education means more than accommodation
  • Inclusive Education is Better Education For ALL

(see all the submissions at the UN Human Rights website)

II’s strongest presence during the 13th session will be for the Day of General Discussion on Education.  II has helped to secure speakers on the programme’s panels to address the unique issues of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in accessing inclusive education.  This perspective will be brought by:

  • Diane Richler, former II President
  • Ellis Jongerius and  Henriëtte Sandvoort, supported by Jose Smits (Europe)
  • Gordon Porter, educator and inclusive education expert
  • Juan Cobeñas, (Argentina)

II will also be represented in side sessions and meetings by Connie-Laurin Bowie, II Executive Director; Maureen Piggot, II Council member and President, Inclusion Europe; and, Trish Grant, Director of Advocacy, IHC New Zealand.

Additionally, II will contribute to an IDA sponsored side-session.

Be Part of the 13th Session

All public sessions of the 13th session – including the DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION – will be webcast: www.treatybodywebcast.org

Join II in using social media to share information about the 13th session.  For the Day of General Discussion II will be using: #qualityeducationisinclusive #inclusiveeducationbetterforALL to promote our messages on inclusive education. Help us spread the word on facebook and twitter and watch for live updates from the Day of General Discussion from II.