Report of the Inaugural Forum on the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities, UNICEF House New York, New York, USA

The inaugural Forum on the GPcwd involving more than 180 registered participants was held 14-15 September 2012 at UNICEF House in New York, where for the first time the partners came together to discuss ways to advocate for an inclusive post-2015 agenda; establish four task forces with the aim to influence the mainstreaming of disability rights in global child-focused agendas, namely in nutrition, education, humanitarian action and assistive technology; and discuss collaboration at the country level in Haiti, Rwanda, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Malawi, Mozambique, Bangladesh and for the Central and Eastern European and Commonwealth of Independent States Region (CEE/CIS). A Call to Action was made to meet the critical need for inclusive, integrated and collaborative rights-based development with a focus on children with disabilities. The report of the Forum was written by Kate Riordan from the Better Care Network and is attached to this message or available on our website at www.unicef.org/disabilities

We are asking for each of you to please review the specific activities outlined by each of the task forces (annex D – fourth tab in the attached excel file) for the initial year (September 2012 – August 2013) and let us know where you or your organization can provide concrete support. It is not mandatory for partners to join the task forces, rather it is intended for the task forces to be a core group of individuals that can work together to achieve the intended goals. You can email Anna Burlyaeva-Norman (aburlyaevanorman@unicef.org) with this information and we will create listservs for each group. You will then be contacted by the coordinator(s) for each of the task forces for follow up.

A special thanks to the core group of representatives from the International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD) and the Inter-Agency Support Group for the CRPD (IASG) that developed the vision for the Forum and the GPcwd overall.

Please download the report from: http://www.dpiap.org/resources/doc/GPcwd_2012_Forum_Report_FINAL_12_11_17.doc

Please download the annex from: http://www.dpiap.org/resources/doc/GPCWD_Forum_Report_Annex_12_11_17.xls

Source and Email from: Disability Unit, UNICEF www.unicef.org/disabilities

By: Written by: Kate Riordan, Better Care Network
When: 7/2/2014

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