COSP: Full Participation of PWD?

COSP is comingCOSP is coming. The UN will soon hold an important international meeting to advance the rights of people with disabilities (PWD). The 10th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the human rights treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims to build on the work that has been done during the last ten years. It will involve governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations, even some that represent those most affected and most in need of the implementation of the CRPD treaty.

Because I am a woman with a disability, this meeting is important. Since I believe that PWD must not be excluded from participating in decisions others make about our health and well being, the COSP is also a step in the right direction because a few PWD can have a say. It could be a giant step in the right direction if the civil society representation was fully accountable to the community and defended our interests, not their own. But, we will get there one day.

I am curious about what this meeting will do to improve our lives. So to provide further information, below is the blurb from the UN. I will try to follow the meeting by internet and write more on what is happening in New York, for all of us not able to be there.
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Beginning a second decade to advance the rights of persons with disabilities

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All Aboard’s Uphill Climb

Uphill Track towards our rightsPushing anything uphill requires more energy than just rolling it along flat ground or coasting down a slope. It’s in our textbook, Physics for Idiots.

The All Aboard research project on participation and representation in global health governance has been on an uphill stretch of track for the last two weeks, and we’ve now arrived at a very steep incline. A number of the collective that are conducting different elements of the research and preparing the paper have been hit by serious health problems at the same time, diminishing our capacity to keep on schedule. With the deadline for the paper’s completion and submission approaching, the track seems to have become more uphill and the load progressively heavier. It’s a strain on our push-power.

It’s time for a renewed collective push with a fresh burst of energy to help get All Aboard up and over the summit on the way to our destination. We’re almost there — one last blast of fuel is what is needed.

We are presently conducting interviews of ’key actors’ – the people who direct or run the UN agencies and programmes involved in global health and have experiences in its governance. These telephone interviews are an important part of the research, providing personal perspectives and views that help us to assess where the institutions are in regards to the participation of those affected most by health inequities.

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