16th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP16)
COSP, short for the Conference of States Parties, is a yearly gathering organized by the United Nations.
It’s a meeting where representatives from different countries, organizations, and advocates for people with disabilities come together. They talk about how to make sure that the rights of people with disabilities are respected and protected.
COSP plays an important role in making the world a more equal and inclusive place for people with disabilities.
If you are involved in a side event that is not on our list, or if you’re planning to go to New York for COSP, let us know! Email Manel at email@example.com.
Themes and Sub-themes
Overarching theme: Harmonizing national policies and strategies with the CRPD: achievements and challenges
Sub theme 1: Ensuring equal access to and accessibility of sexual and reproductive health services for persons with disabilities
Sub theme 2: Digital accessibility for persons with disabilities
Sub theme 3: Reaching the under-represented groups of persons with disabilities
|12 June||Civil Society Forum||Livestream|
|12 June||Half-day Meeting on Easy-to-Understand Communication||Link to come|
|13 June||Opening Ceremony, General Debate||Livestream|
|14 June||Roundtable discussions 1 + 2||Livestream|
|15 June||Roundtable 3, Interactive Dialogue, Closing Ceremony||Livestream|
Highlights for our Network
Members in our network and staff from Inclusion International are heavily involved at side-events at COSP.
A side-event is a smaller meeting or presentation that happens alongside the main conference. It’s an opportunity for different groups to talk about specific topics and share ideas.
Inclusion International advocates for the inclusion of self-advocates at these side-events.
Here is a list of side-events that Inclusion International and some of our members are hosting or attending:
|Tuesday 13 June||11:30am – 12:45pm||Inclusive Education: an imperative for advancing human rights and sustainable development||Inclusion International, UNESCO, PM of Colombia, PM of Portugal||In-person|
|Tuesday 13 June||3:00 – 4:15pm||Accelerating inclusive sustainable development: prioritising systems of support and care for community inclusion of people with disabilities||UN Human Rights Office||In-person|
|Tuesday 13 June||3:00 – 4:15pm||Promote democratic participation, ensure inclusive elections||PM of Norway, PM of Sweden||In-person / Link to come|
|Wednesday 14 June||8.15 – 9.30am||Easy-to-understand communication / Listen Include Respect||Inclusion International, Down Syndrome International, PM of Poland||In-person|
|Wednesday 14 June||9.45 – 11.00am||Inclusive participation of underrepresented groups||International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)||Link to come|
|Wednesday 14 June||1.15 – 2:30pm||Disabled Advanced Medical Assistance / Inclusive Health||Inclusion International, PM of Italy, PM of Austria, European Disability Forum (EDF)||In-person / Link to come|
|Thursday 15 June||1.15 – 2:30pm||Deinstitutionalization / Guidelines||European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), PM of Malta||In-person|
|Friday 16 June||3:00 – 4:15pm||Independent Living: Improving Support Jobs||European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)||Link to come|
Our In-person Delegation
This year we’ll have a team of representatives from our network attending the in-person events in New York.
We’ll also take the opportunity to network and do advocacy related to our current global advocacy agenda.
Follow our Twitter page for live updates from them!