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FPDN to attend COSP at the UN in New York

By June 5, 2018May 29th, 2019No Comments

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) is participating in the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). FPDN is one of the four member organisations of DPOA.

COSP runs from 12th to 14th June 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The annual conference brings together countries that have ratified the UN CRPD and representatives from DPOs and civil society organisations to discuss implementation of the CRPD.

The theme of this year’s COSP is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” and includes three subthemes:

  1. National fiscal space, public-private partnerships and international cooperation for strengthening the implementation of the CRPD
  2. Women and girls with disabilities
  3. Political participation and equal recognition before the law

Read more at the DPOA website.

Key DPO Australia activities

DPO Australia will be hosting a side event, LGBTI people with disability & implementation of the CRPD. This will be the first time that inclusion of LGBTI people with disability has been discussed at COSP. This side-event will include Matthew Bowden (People with Disability Australia), Margherita Coppolino (National Ethnic Disability Alliance) and Paul Calcott (First Peoples Disability Network Australia).

For more information download the side-event flyer:


Evelyn Collins from First Peoples Disability Network will participate in a side-event, Addressing intersections of gender and disability: voices of women with disabilities from the Global South. This side-event is hosted by the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and Humanity and Inclusion (HI) the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund For more information.

Damian Griffis from First Peoples Disability Network will participate in a side-event on prisoners with disability and the criminal justice system. This side-event is hosted by Human Rights Watch.