No One Left Behind Means us Too

The theme of the 11th UN Conference of States Parties (COSP), 12 to 14 June 2018, was “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD”. In main plenary sessions and side events, Inclusion International’s delegation made sure that across all discussion areas, there was a focus on ensuring people with intellectual disabilities and their families aren’t left behind. Our delegation introduced our Calls to Action and shared our demands on key issues like: closing institutions, being treated equally, and supporting families.

Key highlights from COSP include:

  • Jane Akinyi, II fellow, speaks at day of general discussion on the CRPD Committee’s draft General Comment on participation and consultation was held in advance of the COSP. She highlighted the demands in our Calls to Action and that our families, as a pathway to inclusion, need support to be part of the calls to action.
  • Sue Swenson, II President, calls for families to be recognized as part of DPOs for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Connie Laurin-Bowie, II Executive Director, co-chairs a panel on political participation with Xavier Torres, Minister for Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador and Vice-President of COSP.

Our delegation spoke at multiple side events on issues like closing institutions, inclusive education, violence against children and the right to families, and how to include people with intellectual disabilities. We highlighted what needs to be done to ensure no one is left behind