Cashelle Dunn, Bonnie Millen and Brendan Pearce are over in New York attending the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD 2016 for the Australian Cross Disability Alliance – you can read more about the full delegation here. They are sending back some videos, detailing what they are doing, and Brendan has a report on Day One – transcriptions are below.
Hi guys, it’s Cashelle here from the WWDA Youth Network.
I’m so excited because tomorrow I’ll be heading out as part of the Australian Civil Society Delegation to New York City to attend the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
That’s a bit of a mouth full, so it’s easier to say COSP to the CRPD.
We’ll be attending so many events and side-events and meeting so many people from all around the world. But I’m particularly excited because I’ll be a panellist at the launch of the ‘We Decide’ project by the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) and the WWDA Youth Network have participated in this project actively and we are so excited to launch it over there.
It is mainly about sexual and reproductive rights of young people with disability and so I can’t wait to talk about young women and girls and how important our rights are.
The other members of the delegation will be also speaking at different events and the whole time we will be keeping you all
included and updated on the whole process. It’s going to be an exciting week, so follow on Facebook, on Instagram, on Twitter. We can’t wait for you to be included in our week.
Talk to you later!
Hi, my name is Bonnie
I am very excited to be updating you with the movements of the Australian Cross Disability Alliance in New York this week.
It is very exciting to be attending the United Nations in a full delegation this time and we wi.l be working hard to make sure that your voices are heard.
Most excitedly, we will be working alongside the Australian Government and I am looking forward to raising issues, particularly around women and girls with disabilities and will be attending side events in regards to Human Rights Watch, UNICEF and other countries whose delegations will be holding their side events.
Cashelle Dunn will be updating you on the movements of WWDA Youth so please tune into that as there is lots of exciting things to come this week.
So yeah, if you could please tune in on Facebook, Twitter, social media in any way you can. I look forward to your input. We are very excited to be representing, as well as our organisations.
Hi guys, day one of the Australian Cross Disability Alliance Delegation’s trip to the 9th COSP here in New York is almost over but we have had a great day at the Civil Society Forum in the morning and then as part of the High Level panel discussion in the afternoon.
There has been lots and lots of great insights shared in relation to the tenth anniversary of the CRPD, and we are even inside the rooms where the negotiations happened during the process of putting it all together in 2006.
All of the delegation has finally arrived here in New York and we are all getting to know each other really well and we are all excited about what this week has to come in the next few days and we will be sure to update you through more of these video posts and also through our daily reports online.
Make sure you follow disability, Cross Disability Alliance on twitter at @DisAllianceAus , you will find it on Twitter. And stay up to date here on Facebook. Thanks guys, Bye.
The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) calls on all election candidates to commit to building a disability inclusive Australia by supporting key election priorities outlined in the ACDA Election Platform released today.
The ACDA Election Platform, “Building a Disability Inclusive Australia” asks for commitment to 13 policy priorities that will help shape and strengthen our nation by ensuring that people with disability are fully included, equal and respected.
“Approximately 20% of people living in Australia are people with disability. Yet we are too often shut out of civic life, jobs, and the community,” said Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia. “People with disability have been excluded from Australia’s ethos of a fair go.”
“We are often subjected to numerous forms of violence, exploitation, discrimination and segregation. We are hindered by negative attitudes; a lack of disability support; unimaginative programs; and inaccessible transport, buildings, communications and information,” said Karin Swift, Acting President, Women With Disabilities Australia.
Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network stated, “2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and this is the right time to consider as a nation how far we have come and the ground ahead that we are still yet to cover for people with disability.”
“In this 2016 Federal election, the ACDA is uniting people with disability to call on voters, government, politicians, the media and the business community to join with us to build a disability inclusive Australia in all its diversity,” said Suresh Rajan, President of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance.
The ACDA will be asking political parties about their commitment to the 13 policy priorities. Responses will be published closer to the election on the ACDA website to assist voters with disability make an informed choice on 2 July 2016.
The 13 policy priorities are:
- Recast the National Disability Strategy as a mechanism for change
- Engage with people with disability and their representative organisations
- Fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Prioritise closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability
- Establish a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability
- Establish a National Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse
- End disability discrimination in immigration policy
- Guarantee equity of support for older people with disability
- Prioritise a Jobs Plan for people with disability
- Guarantee a fair and equitable social welfare system
- Invest in affordable accessible housing
- Ensure our education system is inclusive
- Make our infrastructure and communications accessible
The full election platform in available for download here.
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A delegation representing the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) will attend the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). COSP runs from 14th to 16th June 2016 and will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Significantly, 2016 will mark ten years since the United Nations’ adoption of the CRPD.
The annual conference invites delegates from signatories to the UN CRPD and representatives from civil society organisations and Governments around the world to discuss implementation of the CRPD and related international development issues. The overall theme for the conference is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. Thematic discussions and side events will address the four subthemes:
- Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities
- Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities
- Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development
- Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD
The ACDA delegation will undertake significant work at COSP CRPD, including hosting and co-hosting side events; attending and participating in pre-arranged high-level meetings; speaking at a range of side events being hosted and co-hosted by Governments, international organisations and civil society; as well as networking and stakeholder engagement.
The ACDA will be represented at COSP CRPD by ten delegates who reflect a diverse cross-section of people with disability and representation from the four founding ACDA organisations.
Read the full announcement: