Disability and rehabilitation

Inaugural Forum on the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPCwD) hosted in New York

From 14-15 September UNICEF hosted the first major forum of the GPCwD. Two hundred and forty participants representing more than 100 organizations from across the world took part to discuss how the rights and needs of children with disabilities should be prioritized in development efforts.

The Forum included a high-level panel discussion on how to realize equity and inclusion for children with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda. During the Forum partners identified concrete strategies to include disability on global agendas, in areas such as education, nutrition, and humanitarian action.

In this regard WHO presented an overview of nutritional status around the world and the links between nutritional deficiencies and disability, and lead a discussion which identified four priority actions in the area of nutrition for the next 12 months. Further collaboration was agreed upon during the Forum between the partners in seven countries (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Turkey) and more broadly in the region covering Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.