MDAC attends annual UN meeting about disability and hosts a side session on national implementation and monitoring

The Mental Disability Advocacy Center is attending the Third Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN headquarters in New York, 1-3 September 2010. This is the annual opportunity for States which have ratified the CRPD to come together to discuss implementation. In addition to attendance by States Parties to the CRPD, COSP is widely attended by representatives of civil society including persons with disabilities and their representative organizations. Many of these NGOs played an active role in the negotiations of the Convention and continue to ensure its effective implementation at domestic levels around the world.
This year's COSP will include sessions in plenary, as well as roundtable discussions and interactive sessions between government and civil society. As a contribution MDAC has produced a variety of policy papers relevant to the COSP agenda including on Article 19 and choices in the community, which is the central theme of the meeting. During the conference MDAC representatives will also be distributing information about MDAC's strategic litigation under the CRPD, its work in Africa, and the right to legal capacity.
MDAC will be blogging from the floor of the meeting, and invites you to follow us at  
On Tuesday 1 September, elections to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held, to which Gábor Gombos, MDAC Senior Advocacy Officer, has been nominated by the Hungarian government.
On Wednesday 2 September, MDAC will host a side session in collaboration with Office of Disability Issues, United Kingdom, and the Independent Monitoring Committee for the Implementation of the CRPD, Austria on “Ensuring meaningful participation of people with intellectual disabilities and psycho-social disabilities in implementing Article 33 of the CRPD”. MDAC has also produced a policy paper on Article 33.
Date: Thursday, 2 September 2010
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: Conference Room A (North Lawn Building), UN Headquarters, New York City
For further information about COSP, including a preliminary agenda, please see the UN Enable website.
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