Disability and rehabilitation

Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all

To celebrate the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Inter-Agency Support Group to the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities organized an event “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all.”

The event was held as a side event to the 13th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in Geneva and included panel members from the International Telecommunication Union, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Mines Action Service, the International Labour Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Development Association and WHO.

During a panel discussion, the participants presented the outcome document of the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, which calls for a human-rights based post-2015 development agenda. The Geneva-based agencies also highlighted the progress that has been made within each agency over the past year towards addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

Ms. Kristen Pratt of the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation team explained the importance of the draft WHO action plan 2014-2021: better health for people with disabilities; provided an overview of the consultation process for development of the draft plan; and outlined the next steps towards its approval at the May 2014 World Health Assembly. Participants were also informed about WHO’s new report International perspectives on spinal cord injury, which was launched earlier in the day.

About 60 participants attended the event, which took place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva.