PWDA participated in the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from 9-11 June 2015 in New York. The COSP is a meeting for countries that have ratified the CRPD and gives delegates the opportunity to discuss progress on implementation.

In 2015 the focus was “mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda" and the debate included roundtable sessions on mainstreaming disability in the reduction of poverty and inequality; improvement of disability data and statistics; and addressing the vulnerability and exclusion of persons with disabilities: the situation of women and girls, children’s right to education, disasters and humanitarian crises. For more information please see the UN Enable website.

PWDA was represented by Advocacy Project Manager Samantha French, and she was joined by Gayle Rankin and June Reimer from the First Peoples Disability Network and Rosemary Kayess from the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

Samantha represented the voice of people with disability in Australia at a variety of events and panel discussions including:
• Welcome reception hosted by the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
• Welcome reception hosted by the Korean Permanent Mission to the UN as President Elect of the 8th Session of the COSP.
• Civil Society Global Forum Realising an Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda
• Side Event: Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Response
• Disability Counts: Disability, data & the post-2015 development agenda – operationalizing Article 31 from theory to reality
• Leave No One Behind: International Cooperation on Disability in the Post-2015 Era

Links to Daily Reports

Monday 8 June report
Tuesday 9 June report
Wednesday 10 June report
Thursday 11 June report

Links to Official Documents

Links to background documents

Social Media

Tweets on hashtag #COSP8.
You can contact Samantha by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow her on Twitter @samanthapwd

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Watch the Auslan introduction to the 8th COSP below