confpwd.jpg23 October 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine – International Conference on “National Strategies for Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Policy, experience, Practice” organized by National Assembly of People with Disabilities with support of United Nations Office in Ukraine together with Ukrainian Parliament Committee on the Matters of Pensioners, Veterans and the Disabled was opened today in the Club of Cabinet of Ministers. The Conference is taking place on 23-24 October.

confpwd.jpg23 October 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine – International Conference on “National Strategies for Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Policy, experience, Practice” organized by National Assembly of People with Disabilities with support of United Nations Office in Ukraine together with Ukrainian Parliament Committee on the Matters of Pensioners, Veterans and the Disabled was opened today in the Club of Cabinet of Ministers. The Conference is taking place on 23-24 October.

confpwd.jpg23 October 2008. Kyiv, Ukraine – International Conference on “National Strategies for Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Policy, experience, Practice” organized by National Assembly of People with Disabilities with support of United Nations Office in Ukraine together with Ukrainian Parliament Committee on the Matters of Pensioners, Veterans and the Disabled was opened today in the Club of Cabinet of Ministers. The Conference is taking place on 23-24 October.

The main aim of the Conference is to exchange experience among government representatives and non-governmental organizations of persons with disabilities from various countries, international institutions, human rights organizations on development and implementation of national strategies and plans of action in regards to implementations of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Conference is attended by Francis O’Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator, Valeriy Suhkevych, Head of Ukrainian Parliament Committee on the Matters of Pensioners, Veterans and the Disabled, Lyudmyla Denysova, Minister of Labor and Social Policy of Ukraine, people’s deputies, representatives of the President’s Secretariat, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministries and Departments, International institutions, representatives of state governmental institutions of foreign countries (Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Armenia, Poland, USA, the Netherlands, Germany, etc.), leaders of Ukrainian and foreign non-governmental organizations of persons with disabilities, representatives of human rights organizations.

Francis O’Donnell particularly said that “it is crucial during this time (economic recession period) that we don’t allow economic and fiscal policies to affect people with disabilities creating even a wider gap in their inclusion. We must ensure to use this crisis to correct social and fiscal policies to move forward towards a society where everybody enjoys equal rights, including people with disabilities”.

During his speech Francis O’Donnell also read out a Statement from Joint Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilties. Full text of the Statement (in English).

Participants of the Conference will cover and talk about international experience and cooperation on the implementation of goals of the Convention; development and implementation of national strategies and plans of action in regards to people with disabilities; participation of people with disabilities in the life of society; information and communications; employment, professional orientation and professional support; accessibility; equality and non-discrimination; health protection; legal protection; protection from violence and cruel attitude; education, etc.

For more information please contact Iryna Mazur, 8.044.254.0035.