Posted on 29 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts is October 22, 2007; the conference itself will be held May 19-22, 2008, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. If interested, then go to and download the Word document forms to apply. I am not associated with Leonard Chesire International (LCI) or with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) or with this conference. Inquiries should go directly to the conference organizers by following the above web link.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a Call for Action on
Poverty, Lack of Access and Discrimination

19-22 May 2008

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Leonard Cheshire
International (LCI)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday 22 October 2007

The conference will support governments’ efforts to ratify the UN Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and seek to ensure that the
process of implementation is transparent, meaningful and fully inclusive. The
meeting will examine what changes are required to combat the poverty, lack of
access and discrimination that people with disabilities face. It will also draw
up a global call for action to ensure that persons with disabilities have full
and equal enjoyment of all human rights.

The conference is the second in a series of joint UN Regional Commiss ion and LCI
global meetings on disability. It will provide a platform for debate on
policies, barriers to inclusion, best practice and the formulation of concrete
strategies for the implementation of the UNCRPD.

Panel sessions and workshops will explore good practice and identify strategies
for the implementation of the new Convention to combat the challenges of
poverty, lack of access and discrimination.

The Conference Secretariat is now open for abstracts for proposed papers
concerning disability and poverty, lack of access or discrimination. These
closely linked and interdependent themes constitute lines of action that flow
throughout the articles of the Convention. Within each theme, it is suggested
that papers could approach the theme from one or more of the following
1. Innovative policies
2. Good practice
3. Catalysts for change
4. Situational report on research and the availability of data

More information on the conference themes and the abstract submission form are
available at

Fiona McConnon
International Co-ordination Manager
Leonard Cheshire
30 Millbank
London SW1P 4QD
Tel: +44 (0)207 802 8217
Fax: +44 (0)207 802 8275
Email: fiona.mcconnon at lc-uk dot org
(Substitute @ at sign for “at” and a . dot for “dot” and delete all spaces.)

This announcement is taken from; people interested in submitting abstracts or learning more about the conference should follow the link to download their forms.

Learn how to receive an email alert when new material is posted at We Can Do.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )


    Ending poverty among and oppression toward disabled people in developing countries.


    Subscribe Via RSS

    • Subscribe with Bloglines
    • Add your feed to Newsburst from CNET
    • Subscribe in Google Reader
    • Add to My Yahoo!
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • The latest comments to all posts in RSS


  • The Mwanza Computer Literacy Project

    The Mwanza Computer Literacy Project

    The Tusaidiane Disabilities Resources and Charity Organization of Tanzania (TDRCT) would like to improve computer literacy and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Mwanza, Tanzania, and promote their empowerment.

    This organization is run by people who themselves have disabilities. I have known the man who founded this organization for some years. If his organization can quickly raise $5000 from 40 donors within a few days, then GlobalGiving will feature their organization on its website. This will enable them to attract more prospective funders. I have made a donation to them, I hope others will consider doing the same.
    Give Now

    Site Meter

  • Help the U.S. Ratify the Disability Treaty!

    Image of an hour glass overlaid on image of the Capitol building in DC. Text says, "Time is running out! Now is the time for the Senate to Act! Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities! #CRPD

    Learn why the CRPD matters and how to take action at!

  • Subscribe!

  • Bookmark and Share
  • Translate!

  • Connect to Andrea Shettle via Linked In

  • Archives

  • Topic Categories

  • Make WeCanDo Your “Favorite”

  • Stumble Upon It!

    Stumble It! Share this blog with other readers via "Stumble Upon"!
  • Follow We Can Do in Facebook!

  • We Can Do is in the GDRL!

  • Blog Stats

    • 738,769 hits
  • Map of Visitors

  • Meta

  • Facebook Networked Blogs

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: