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The 16th Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place at the UN headquarters in New York from Tuesday, June 13th to Thursday, June 15th. A Civil Society Forum, preceding the CoSP, was held on Monday, June 12th.

TCI Secretariat along with its members participated in CoSP 16, Civil Society Forum, and side events.

Click here for more information on CoSP 16 2023

The Civil Society Forum

TCI participated in the civil society forum.

Title of the Session: Session 1 of CSF- CRPD implementation: What is the current state of play?

Speaker: Bhargavi Davar, Executive Director, TCI Global

Date: Monday, 12 June, 2023

Click here to read the agenda for the Civil Society Forum.

16th Session Of The Conference Of States Parties To The CRPD:

TCI participated in Round Table 1 focusing on Matters related to the implementation of the Convention. 

Title of the Session: Ensuring equal access to and accessibility to sexual and reproductive health services for persons with disabilities

Speaker: Sadam Hanjabam (A young representative from TCI and Founder Ya_All: The Youth Network)

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Side Events

1) Title of the Session: Protection of Persons with Disabilities in Situations of armed conflict: Obligations and Implementation under CRPD and international humanitarian law

Speaker: Robinah Alambuya (Civil Society Representative,

President of Transforming Communities for Inclusion)

Organizer:  Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

2) Title of the Session: Realizing Human Rights & Social Justice in Mental Health: An international collaboration

Speaker: Bhargavi Davar, Executive Director, TCI Global

Organizer:  Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Incorporated operating as Eviance, TCI Global, Empowerment Council, and Realizing human rights and social justice in mental health

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

3) Title of the Session: Stronger Together: Gender and Disability Intersectional Movements at the Forefront of Human Rights Advocacy.

Speaker: Bhargavi Davar, Executive Director, TCI Global

Organizer: UN CRPD Committee, Global Affairs Canada, OHCHR, UN Women and Women Enabled International

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

4) Title of the Session: Adopting an intersectional lens to advance health equity for persons with disabilities and older people in the new political declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Speaker: Bhargavi Davar, Executive Director, TCI Global

Organizer: UN Women

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

5) Title of the Session: Implementing the Guidelines on Deinstitutionalization, including in Emergencies: Challenges, opportunities, and a way forward.

Speaker: Sadam Hanjabam (A young representative from TCI and Founder Ya_All: The Youth Network)

Organizer: Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

6) Title of the Session: Making disability rights a global pledge: Promoting ratification of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol

Speaker: Robinah Alambuya (Civil Society Representative,

President of Transforming Communities for Inclusion)

Organizer: Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations, International Disability Alliance, and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

7) Title of the Session: From Beijing to the CRPD and Beyond: How Women with disabilities are shining a Light on intersectional gender rights

Speaker: Robinah Alambuya (Civil Society Representative,

President of Transforming Communities for Inclusion)

Organizer: Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations together with the International Disability Alliance, co-hosted by UN Women, Women Enabled International

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023