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G3ict presents at HLMDD 2013 Side-Event:
Eradicating Extreme Poverty:
Addressing the Disability Disconnect

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Time: 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Venue: S-276+2727 Combined, Secretariat Building, United Nations
  • Organizer: Disabled People's International (DPI)
  • Co-sponsors: UNDESA, JICA, The Hans Foundation, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) and the Permanent Mission of India (tbc)
  • Chair: H.E. Luis Gallegos, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UN
  • Co-Chair: Shuaib Chalken, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability 

Dr Kenji Kuno, Disability Specialist, JICA;
Ingo Ritz, Director of Programs, GCAP;
Axel Leblois, President, G3ict;
Joshua Goldstein, Principal Director, ACCION

The side-event will underscore that how development is closely linked with social justice and how without addressing disability induced inequalities, it will be difficult to 'leave no one behind'. The panelists, including H.E Ambassador Luis Gallegos, will discuss issues with a focus on the importance and ways of breaking down barriers and creating enabling conditions for PWDs  participation in development, so as to address the roots of  poverty and build a real sustainable equitable development for all in the next phase of international development agenda beyond 2015.

The post-2015 development agenda is focused on eradicating extreme poverty. The High Level Panel on Post-2015 in its report has underlined the universality of development as a human rights and the importance of 'leaving no one behind'. This can only be achieved if we focus our attention on marginalised sections such as people with disabilities.

800 million of the world's 1 billion people with disabilities live in the countries of the global South. People with disabilities also comprise 20 percent of the world's poorest. People with disabilities are not only more vulnerable to poverty but their poverty is further compounded by other inequalities.

For more information, please contact Mr. Javed Abidi, Global Chair, DPI at abidi.j@gmail.com or contact secretariat.dpi@gmail.com.     

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