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The International Conference: Advancement of the UNCRPD Through the 2030 Agenda: No One Left Behind

Logo of the conferenceDisabled Peoples’ International (DPI) will hold a Global Conference on the Advancement of the CRPD through the 2030 Agenda: No-one Left Behind, in Cairo, Egypt from March 19 – 21, 2016 . The conference will set the stage for addressing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their potential contributions on the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Global Chair, Rachel Kachaje, and World Council will welcome special guests, Judith Heumann, the Ministry of Social Solidarity in Egypt, and Members of the Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), International Disability Alliance, League of Arab States (LAS) and Representatives of the United Nations.

DPI will celebrate 35 years in 2016, and over 100 DPI members from over 100 countries will be attending the Celebrations, honoring past DPI World Leaders, and planning the future of DPI on the global stage, ensuring the rights of 1 billion people with disabilities!

Conference registration is now open, please contact see the registration page .

Disability at a Glance 2015: Strengthening Employment Prospects for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Disability at a Glance 2015, the fifth edition in the Disability at a Glance series, focuses on barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, and offers solutions to strengthen their employment prospects.

Like its previous ones, the present edition offers a regional overview of disability legislation, policies and practices, as well as relevant country-specific information with a particular emphasis on the employment of persons with disabilities. The information is drawn from a targeted disability survey carried out in 2015 by the ESCAP secretariat, and research undertaken by other organizations and scholars.

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Digital Champions 2015 / 2016

Championing the rights of children with disabilities through digital media: Submit your nominations for digital champions 2015/2016 by February 10!

Who are Digital Champions?

For many of us, digital tools and technologies help us in our daily lives. We use them for fun and for work; to learn and to connect. And some people are also using them to change the world for the better – we call them Digital Champions.

Digital Champions are powerful creators, makers, and innovators who are transforming their environment and their communities for the better. As individuals or teams, Digital Champions are addressing difficult questions such as gender, equity, rights, participation and civic engagement, discrimination, and poverty. They are looking to share and create new opportunities with children and youth through digital media, to give the people in their community a chance to voice their stories, and to help them in shaping a positive and meaningful life.

How to apply or nominate?

If you or someone you know has a project, we would love to hear from you. To apply please complete this form and tell us more about yourself, someone you know, or an organization that fits the profile of a Digital Champion.

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Election of nine Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2016

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

In accordance with article 34, paragraph 7, the term of nine of the members elected will expire on 31 December 2016. Thus, nine seats in the Committee must now be filled through an election.

The ninth session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention will take place in New York from 14-16 June 2016. The election of nine members of the Committee is scheduled to take place on 14 June 2016 during this meeting.

In accordance with article 34 of the Convention, States Parties will be invited to nominate candidates through a written communication, which will be sent out early in February 2016. The deadline for nominations will be 14 April 2016. All nominations must be received through official correspondence from the submitting State party, along with a CV (IN WORD 97-2003) in conformity with the models presented below. Interested States and individuals are invited to refer to the Q & A on the Elections.

Article 34, paragraph 4 of the Convention states that “the members of the Committee shall be elected by States parties, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, representation of the different forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems, balanced gender representation and participation of experts with disabilities”.

Article 34, paragraph 3 states that “When nominating their candidates, States parties are invited to give due consideration to the provision set out in article 4, paragraph 3, of the present Convention”, according to which “States parties shall closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities through their representative organizations”.

Members are elected for a term of four years by the Conference of States Parties. Committee Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected once if nominated.

Nominations are due by 14 April 2016. The nominations and biographical data, preferably in accordance with the biographical data form, should be submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10 and in ELECTRONIC VERSION: English, French , Spanish (Word) to registry@ohchr.org.NOTE: Nominations will ONLY be processed when submitted in WORD FORMAT and WITHIN THE PAGE LIMIT,(1 and a half pages-Roman text 12)

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UPR Mid-term reports

As at 5 January 2016, 60 States submitted, on a voluntary basis, UPR mid-term reports. The reports submitted to the OHCHR are posted below as received.

55 States submitted reports in relation to recommendations put forward during the first cycle of the UPR and 9 States submitted reports in relation to recommendations put forward during the second cycle.

4 States submitted mid-term reports in relation to recommendations put forward during the first and second cycles.

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