Young Voices campaigners to attend UN meetings in New York

6 June 2014

Six of our Young Voices campaigners will be in New York next week to attend the 7th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Ashura Michael, a Young Voices campaigner from Kenya, will speak at a panel session on young people with disabilities alongside Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Clare Pelham.

The Conference of States Parties is an opportunity for states who have ratified the UNCRPD to come together to discuss matters related to its implementation. The seventh session will take place from 10 to 12 June. The discussions for this session are around:

  • Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Youth with disabilities.
  • National implementation and monitoring.

The Young Voices campaigners attending are Ashura Michael from Kenya, Mohammed Yaaseen Edoo from Mauritius, Kartik Sawhney from India, Mark Operiano from the Philippines, Tongai Dana from Zimbabwe and Ivory Duncan from Guyana.

Their attendance is being sponsored by UNICEF, who are organising a series of meetings for youth leaders with disabilities from around the world prior to and during the conference. UNICEF will facilitate their participation at meetings, coordinate meetings with member states, and arrange training on advocacy and inclusion. The young campaigners will also be taking part in a Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities Youth Council meeting, which will focus on developing an action plan to influence and contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

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