Behind the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) lies the assumption that human societies function best when everyone participates. Nevertheless, some deeply marginalized groups are being left out of efforts to fully implement the commitments of the Convention.
Are there groups of vulnerable people, such as people with psychosocial and developmental disabilities, being systematically left behind in the struggle for voice, space, and place in society? How do the intersecting elements of gender, race, and region affect this exclusion? What strategies and means can be used to increase and strengthen efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals for all?
On June 13, 2018, a panel of change agents shared perspectives from the Global North and Global South and highlighted the work that remains before everyone has a seat the table. Together we must continue to raise our voices to hold fast to the commitment that no one is left behind in the implementation of the CRPD.
For more information about the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, visit the UN’s website (external website).
- Keystone Human Services International
Charles J. Hooker, III, President and CEO
- Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations
The Hans Foundation
International Disability Alliance
- Carolina Popovici
Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations
- Dr. Ludmila Malcoci
Executive Director of Keystone Moldova
Regional Director for Keystone Human Services, Central and Eastern Europe
- Reginald Redish
- Tom Ott
Social Worker, YAI
- Nidhi Goyal
Disability Rights and Gender Justice Activist
Founder and Director of Rising Flame
- Moitreyee Sinha
CEO of citiesRISE, a global multi-stakeholder initiative on mental health
- Jane Akinyi
- Sue Swenson
President-Elect of Inclusion International
- Genevieve Fitzgibbon
Deputy Director, Keystone Human Services International