2012 International Forum on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

International delegates and government ministers from Trinidad will gather on the 16th and 17th of November for the 2012 International Forum on the UN Convention organised by National Centre for Persons with Disabilities in conjunction with People Keys Ltd. As part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the Forum will lay the foundation and provide a clear understanding of the UNCRPD and issues surrounding persons living with disabilities in T&T.

Taking place over a two-day period at the Hilton Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with 50+ delegates, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in addition to persons with disabilities and their carers, the main purpose of the Forum is to facilitate discussions and actions to assist the Trinidad and Tobago government in implementing the UNCRPD. Day 1 will be geared toward policy makers, government representatives, law professionals and academics, whilst Day 2 will focus more specifically on worker representatives, employers, disability professionals, health care providers, advocates for persons with disabilities, corporate representatives and other interested persons.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has so far been ratified by 103 states and signed by 149 countries, making it legally binding for states and countries to comply with its contents.

With support from the Trinidad and Tobago government the event is hopefully the first in a series seeking to provide empowering information to be used by persons with disabilities at a national and local level, whilst promoting dialogue and networking between policy makers, governmental representatives, and disability activists and advocates for an effective monitoring on the implementation of non-discrimination rights and measures.

There will be live tweeting and streaming of the event on Twitter and Ustream on both the 16th and 17th for those interested. To find us search @efficacyeva. Anyone wishing to find more information should contact the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

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