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PWDA and the Australian Centre for Disability Law assisted the Australian Human Rights Commission to send a delegation of young people with disability to the 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) at the UN in New York from 10-12 June in 2014.

The Australian Human Rights Commission sent seven young Australians
with disability to the United Nations from 10-12 June in 2014

The COSP meeting was for countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and gave delegates the chance to discuss progress on implementation. Thematic discussions for this session were: Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring. During the 7th session, elections for new members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities were also conducted.

Australian Youth with Disability Delegation

These young Australians formed part of the non-government organisation delegation led by Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Director, PWDA and Rosemary Kayess, Chairperson, ACDL. 

  • Ms. Ace Boncato, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
  • Ms. Cashelle Dunn, Women With Disabilities Australia
  • Ms. Lauren Henley, Blind Citizens Australia
  • Ms. Desiree Johnston, Speak Out Tasmania / National Council on Intellectual Disability
  • Ms. Bonnie Millen, People with Disability Australia
  • Mr. Joel Wilson, Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand / People with Disabilities Western Australia
  • Mr. Brendan Pearce, Deafness Forum of Australia

IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation (Left to Right) Brendan Pearce, Desiree Johnston, Joel Wilson, Cashelle Dunn, Lauren Henley, Bonnie Millen and Ace Boncato in front
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation (Left to Right) Brendan Pearce, Desiree Johnston, Joel Wilson,
Cashelle Dunn, Lauren Henley, Bonnie Millen and Ace Boncato in front

As well as attending the COSP, the NGO delegation participated in the Civil Society Forum on 9 June and conducted a side-event on 12 June. The side-event, Strengthening Emerging Leaders with Disability – Barriers and Opportunities enabled the NGO delegation to present information and views directly to representatives participating in the UN meetings.

The delegation was supported by funding from an Australian Government grants program and the generous contributions made by Benevolent organisations, disability organisations and individuals.

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United Nations WebTV of the Seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10-12 June 2014