January 20, 2007

Our Rights, Our Convention, But for All: Korean Coincidence?

DPI World Assembly 2007  logo

Yesterday's post on the Active Aging Conference this May in Korea and the WellAging blog brought in an announcement today from Disabled People's International (DPI) that their 2007 World Assembly will be held in Korea in September 2007. Is it pure coincidence or is Korea emerging onto the world stage as a force for human rights and inclusion?

Whatever history determines now is the time to submit a proposal for a presentation at the 2007 DPI World Assembly.

Our Rights, Our Convention, But for All

Disabled Peoples' International (DPI), is an International Human Rights organization focused on the full realization of the Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the world"s 650 million people with disabilities. As such, DPI and our national assemblies from around the world have been centrally involved in the development and elaboration of the new United Nations Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

Our 7th World Assembly is expected to draw over 3,000 people from all over the world. As such it will be the largest global meeting if disability activists since the CRPD was adopted in December of 2006. This gathering of people with disabilities and our allies, therefore, offers a wonderful opportunity to both celebrate the adoption of this historic new Treaty and commence serious deliberation on mechanisms and approaches for the implementation of the treaty at the national and international level.

DPI was founded over 25 years ago on the belief that the protection and promotion of human rights and the goal of equality for people with disabilities can only happen with the full input of all citizens, including most especially citizens with disabilities themselves.

To this end DPI’s 7th World Assembly will feature as part of the proceedings a series of concurrent workshops on various aspects of the new CRPD. We realize that we cannot cover all the articles and issues at one meeting, and as such have chosen to emphasize some key themes. For a complete list of proposed workshops please see the attached table.

The International Organizing Committee (IOC) encourages the submission of abstracts for presentations at this important international event to be held in South Korea on 5 - 8 September, 2007.

Each workshop will be 90 minutes in length, with four panel members, who will be allowed 15 minutes each for their presentation. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer period and an opportunity to make a contribution to the final Communiqué of the World Assembly, to be issued at the close of the event. Workshops will be co-chaired by members of the DPI World Council along with members of the host committee, our friends and colleagues from DPI-Korea.

Approved applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the deadline. Note: approval does NOT mean that DPI will be able assist with travel plans or expenses; these remain the sole responsibility of each delegate.

Submit to: abstracts@dpi.org

Submit by: 23 February 2007

Languages: Spanish, French, Korean and English

Length: (part 5 below) Maximum of 250 words

What to include:

1. Name
2. Gender
3. Organization
4. Indicate whether or not you are a person with a disability, as this section of the program is intended to provide, first and foremost, a voice for persons with disabilities themselves.
5. Description of presentation
6. Please be sure to include the workshop code (included in brackets at the start of each workshop title in the attached agenda)

Click on the following link to download the agenda: DPI World Assembly Agenda (MS Word


Posted by rollingrains at January 20, 2007 07:31 PM