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Less than a month to go for the seventh session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP7). The session will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014.

Just like last year, Disabled People’s International (DPI) will be at the forefront during COSP and it’s side events. We would like to share a few updates on DPI's involvement with everyone.


This year will see three thematic discussions during the Conference: Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the Post-2015 development agenda; Youth with Disabilities and National Implementation and Monitoring.

DPI is proud to announce that two of it’s representatives have been invited by the United Nations to speak at the round tables for two thematic discussions: Ms. Sylvana Lakkis, DPI-Arab Chairperson from Lebanon will be speaking on the theme of National Implementation and Monitoring and Ms. Seinep Dyikanbaeva from Kyrgyzstan, and part of the DPI Global Network for Youth with Disabilities (GNYD) will be speaking on the theme of 'Youth with Disabilities'.

As you all may know, DPI has been striving and working very hard to work towards the inclusion of neglected countries and regions in it’s area of work. We find it unfortunate that regions like Arab and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) get left out of events such as this and other opportunities for civil society participation. 


Therefore, DPI takes pride in the fact that two of it’s representatives, one from the Arab world and the other from CIS will be speaking at the UN this June.


This year will also see the first ever Global Forum on Disability which will be held a day prior to the Conference of States Parties i.e. on 9th June. The Global Forum is being co-organized by Disabled People's International (DPI), World Disability Union (WDU), The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies (G3ict), The Global Alliance on Accessible Technology and Environments (GAATES) and The Hans Foundation.

The Forum will aim to highlight the inter linkages of poverty, accessibility and ICT in inclusion of disability in the development paradigm. DPI also envisages a very specific focus on the Global South in these discussions.

Updates of the Global Forum will be posted on this link in the next few days. (

We encourage those who would be attending this year’s COSP to attend the Forum to get a perspective of Disability and Development from the Global South.


If you will be present and are interested in attending this event, please write to us at so that we can send you regular updates.