How are Persons with Disabilities and the Global Disability Community Engaging in the High-Level Political Forum?
Persons with disabilities have been actively engaging and contributing to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), and are now recognized as the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities. These efforts were largely led with the leadership of the International Disability Alliance in partnership with the International Disability and Development Consortium and other disability organizations and movements worldwide.
The disability community coordinated an open and collaborative process to write a formal submission to the HLPF on behalf of persons with disabilities, which received endorsements from 370 organizations around the world.
During the HLPF in July 2016, 22 leading disability rights advocates and representatives from every region of the world are in attendance, 12 of which are persons with disabilities. Two persons with disabilities have been invited by the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deliver remarks at the official opening and roundtable of the HLPF.
Persons with disabilities are also key and active participants in four side events during the first week of the 2016 HLPF, which include topics such as inclusive education, data desegregation by disability, tackling inequalities, and ending violence against children. In addition, persons with disabilities are making key contributions to the HLPF voluntary national reviews by 22 Member States. Persons with Disabilities are holding a town hall-style event alongside the HLPF to share and discuss experiences in engaging with their countries’ national voluntary reviews, which includes representatives from Germany, Morocco, the Philippines, Uganda, Ethiopia, Latin America, and other Member State governments.