Greetings from São Paulo where the International Disability Alliance (IDA), in partnership with the United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), the São Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UNICEF held a three-day regional multistakeholder conference to discuss the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in Latin America.
This is an exciting moment in our history. It is just a month since the world’s leaders adopted Agenda 2030 and we are also approaching the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN CRPD. By leveraging these two processes, we, persons with disabilities, can help ensure that the next 15 years are the most transformative for the rights and inclusion of all persons with disabilities, everywhere. This conference is supporting the development of this transformation in Latin America, and is part of a global conversation on the realisation of an inclusive 2030 Agenda for all.
The conference presented an opportunity to share experiences, perspectives and ideas of over 150 participants from across national, regional and global actors, including organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), state representatives, UN agencies, international disability and development organizations and donors and wider members of civil society.
Alongside the conference, a youth and self-advocacy workshop, “New Voices, New Challenges” hosted by the Instituto Interamericano sobre Discapacidad y Desarrollo Inclusivo (iiDi) and UNICEF, and the first regional meeting and workshop “Change and Exchange” of the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network-Latin America Region were held to support and further engage the voices of youth and indigenous persons with disabilities, and self-advocates and their families in the conference discussion.