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The Leprosy Mission's CRPD Conference Side Event 2024

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Side event title:

Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities to decent work and sustainable livelihood: lessons from the front line and what this means for states, the UN and civil society


UN ESCWA, The Leprosy Mission, and the Permanent Mission of Malta to the UN invite you to attend a side event on: The right to work and employment for persons with disabilities in Low and Middle Income Countries: lessons from the front line and what this means for states, the UN and civil society.

What we will discuss

This COSP17 side event seeks to provide insights from those working on the front lines of employment rights for persons with disabilities. We will learn about the practical challenges that persons with disabilities face in accessing livelihoods in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) from the people living and working within those countries.

We will aim to translate these lessons into practical steps for governments and civil society organisations in LMICs. We hope these lessons and practical steps will provide a greater understanding of how we can ensure the rights to work and employment that are enshrined within the CRPD.


Keynote speaker:
Ms Heba Hagrass, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

Mr Mathias Duck (Paraguay), Global Advocacy Lead, The Leprosy Mission International

Words of Welcome:
H.E. Ambassador Vanessa Frazier,
Permanent Representation of Malta to the United Nations


Dr Salma Al-Nims, UN ESCWA (Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia)
Mr Amar Timalsina, (Nepal) The Leprosy Mission and IDEA
Dr Elvira Psaila, Services Manager, Aġenzija Sapport (Malta)
Ms Robinah Alambuya, President of Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI, Uganda)
Jennifer Feldman, Specialisterne

Time & Location

This side event is taking place in Conference Room 5 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Only individuals with a UN Ground Pass will be able to attend in person.

The event will be broadcast live and be available on demand through UN Web TV

The event is taking place on Thursday 13 June at 10am New York. Find out what time that will be in your location >

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