To date progress in implementing the CRPD has been slow. The invisibility of people with disabilities in the mainstream development narrative has ‘resulted in development interventions unintentionally leaving out people with disabilities from their target groups’. Lack of data about disability means that policy makers and practitioners are more likely to put disability aside.
Despite the achievements of the Global Disability Summit (GDS) in 2018, there is ample room for building on and improving GDS commitments to further advance the CRPD and sharpen focus on cross-sectoral systems changes at the upcoming Summit in 2022. In the wake of an unprecedented global pandemic and mounting evidence of the disproportionate effect the pandemic has had on persons with disabilities, GDS 2022 commitments must ensure that COVID-19 response and recovery measures to ‘build back better’ prioritize persons with disabilities.
The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UNPRPD MPTF) responded to this challenging context by launching a new Strategic Operational Framework (SOF) for 2020-2025 that is centering evidence-based programming as a corner stone of its funding approach to support disability inclusion efforts at country level. UNPRPD MPTF is a unique partnership that brings together 9 UN entities, governments, OPDs, and broader civil society to advance the implementation of the CRPD and disability inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level around the world. Established in 2011, the UNPRPD MPTF has implemented over 70 joint programmes and has supported over 60 countries to implement legal and system changes in line with CRPD commitments.
On February 3, 2022, at 3 pm CET the UNPRPD MPTF and UNDP are organizing a Satellite Event under the auspices of the Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22). The event is being organized in sponsorship with the International Disability Alliance, Atlas Alliance, the International Centre for Evidence in Disability and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.
About the event
This event will outline the learning captured so far from UNPRPD MPTF’s new approach to programme design which was adopted following its new Strategy in 2020.
The speakers will reflect on the innovative and participatory process established by the UNPRPD to fill the data gaps around disability inclusion with a multistakeholder understanding of critical priorities at country level to drive CRPD implementation and SDG achievement. The event will also demonstrate that the strong emphasis on meaningful engagement of Organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and collaborations across diverse stakeholders and sectors allows UNPRPD MPTF programs to achieve sustainable impact with core funding.
The session will be held in English and feature simultaneous interpretation in International Sign (IS) and real time captioning.
You can register for the event here.
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You can download a communication toolkit for the event here.