News, Upcoming Events & Meetings


UN World Data Forum
The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission. It will be an opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to: EXPLORE innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and LAUNCH new initiatives and solutions that will deliver better data for all.
15 to 18 January 2017, Cape Town, South Africa


55th Commission for Social Development (CSocD55)
The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) has a priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle: Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all. Side events will feature a panel co-presented by RI Global Secretary-General Venus Ilagan

1 to 10 February, UN Headquarters, New York, NY



Third Symposium Franco-Latin American Research on Disability
The central theme of this 3rd symposium is Equality and Dignity. Bringing together academics and civil society groups, this convention discusses the reinforcement for development as well as the sustainment and expansion of policies for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, accessibility (universal design) and, consequently, social responsibility  and dignity.

9 to 11 March, Porto Alegre, Brazil



UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
This platform is a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest developments, knowledge and partnership-building across sectors, with the goal of improving implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, including persons with disabilities.
22 to 26 May, Cancun, Mexico 


RI Advocacy - COSP

10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties (COSP) in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).” Accreditation for new NGOs and Registration will begin in March 2017.

 13 to 15 June, UN Headquarters, New York, NY



(HLPF) The theme of this year’s HLPF will be Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth include Goal 17, which strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

10 to 19 July, UN Headquarters, New York, NY



3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf
The conference will elaborate different themes on the occasion of plenary, section and board meetings: bilingual education, sign language in the families, deaf employees at employment market, communication without barriers, new IT revolution, and participation in the decision-making process.

 8 to 10 November, Budapest, Hungary



International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Since 1992, the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.3 December, UN Headquarters, New York, NY

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