August 15, 2016
United Nations, Geneva, 16th session of the CRPD Committee On behalf of the International Disability and Development Consortium or IDDC, a global consortium of disability and development NGOs, mainstream development NGOs and DPOs supporting disability and development work in more than 100 countries around the world, Tanya Wood, ILEP’s Chief Executive Office, thanked the CRPD Committee and said IDDC looked forward to their continued collaboration.
Report on IDDC
The IDDC’s aim is to promote inclusive development, with a special focus on promoting the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by all persons with disabilities living in economically poor communities in lower and middle-income countries.
The IDDC is organised into a number of task groups, serving as a vehicle through which it carries out its work. Since March 2016, the IDDC has focused on the following priorities:
The UN Task Group helped to set up a coordination mechanism for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on behalf of persons with disabilities and organised side events, including joint side events with IDA on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the national review processes and early action to leave no one behind. It has been involved in carrying out multiple training initiatives since January in partnership with IDA on national advocacy strategies to DPOs and partners at the national and regional levels in Africa, Asia and the Americas. It engaged in the coordinating mechanism of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) and organised a side event with IDA on bridging the gap between the 2030 Agenda and CRPD. It contributed to the Financing for Development Forum, which included a joint position paper with IDA. It contributed to UNDP’s ToRs on an evaluation of disability inclusion. It prepared a submission to the CRPD Committee on their reporting guidelines for States Parties and is currently preparing for the upcoming Social Forum in October. Much of this work was carried out in partnership with IDA and through other collaborations with civil society organisations, UN agencies and government missions.
The EU Task Group is basing its work on the Concluding Observations for the EU on the implementation of the CRPD. In that sense, Committee members asked the EU to lead on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to serve as an example to others. To achieve this, it contributed to a public consultation launched by the EU with the aim of raising awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities in mainstream implementation plans.
The Inclusive Education Task Group strongly supports inclusive education and carries out advocacy and research activities to promote inclusive education and better understand the practicalities of making it a reality. In line with this, this task force is conducting research into the financing of disability-inclusive education, looking at the benefits of financing disability-inclusive education, the current state of education financing with regard to inclusion and what needs to change in order for education financing to realise the inclusive education aspirations of Article 24 of the CRPD and SDG 4. The research will be launched at a side event on 17 October 2016 during the UNGA Finance Committee meetings.
The DPO Partnership Task Group shares updates within IDDC to enable members to support DPO partners to monitor the rights of persons with disabilities through UN human rights and development monitoring mechanisms. It is currently focusing on supporting BRIDGE, a joint initiative between IDDC, IDA and EDF. BRIDGE aims to develop the capacities of individuals to support a cross-disability movement for reporting on the CRPD and Agenda 2030, both technically and financially. The next workshop is due to take place in Anglophone Africa before the end of 2016.
The HIV Task Group has played a critical role in getting disability included in the 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. Based on this success, we are now working closely with key UN agencies and HIV stakeholders (e.g., UNAIDS, Global Fund, PEPFAR, USAID, WHO, etc.) to ensure that in line with the Sustainable Development Goal for health, that persons with disabilities are not left behind regarding the global response to HIV as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Tanya Wood added “Finally, we would like to echo IDA and draw attention to the IDDC, IDA, Gqual call to action for gender parity within the CRPD committee, all treaty and International and Regional bodies and ask for your support to this.” She concluded “Madam Chair and Committee Members, we look forward to our continued collaboration and wish you a successful session. Thank you.”