IASG: Inter-Agency Support Group for the CRPD meets to chart way forward

On 14-15 October, the UN Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities met via video-conference. Over 15 agencies and others participated in the meeting and open sessions, including representatives of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). At the meeting, the IASG decided to further strengthen its collaboration in the promotion of a disability-inclusive post-2015 agenda and in relation to inclusive emergency and humanitarian responses and disaster risk reduction for persons with disabilities. A thematic working group on disasters and conflict will be established to review current activities of the IASG and to develop a workplan for strengthening the UN's inclusion of disability in disaster risk reduction, emergencies and humanitarian crises. Further discussion also included forthcoming international conferences, collaboration for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and inter-agency initiatives, including the UN Partnership to promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and the UN Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility (IDTFA). A report of the meeting will be made available on the Enable website, shortly. (www.un.org/disabilities)

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