Youth Discuss Disability Policy at UN Conference
Seven young Australians joined international conversation about 'Youth with Disabilities' at a recent United Nations conference in New York.
Held from 9 – 12 June, the trip was organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission in association with People with Disability Australia and co-funded through a proactive grant by Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, as part of its youth initiative.
The delegates, all aged under 30, are active leaders within the Australian disability sector and it is hoped that the insights from this conference about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will further inspire their advocacy.
"People with Disability Australia welcomed the opportunity to work with the next generation of leaders with disability," said Therese Sands, PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer.
"Many delegations from around the world commented on the enthusiasm and commitment of the seven youth delegates, and the strong message they brought to the UN – 'actively include youth with disability in decision-making!'"
During the week, the youth delegates also met with representatives from the Australian Department of Social Services and the Australian Government delegation to the UN to discuss the implementation of the CRPD in the Australian context.
"Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation recognises the importance of investing in and building the capacity of our emerging leaders to advance disability policy, advocating for greater social accessibility and inclusion. The Foundation is very pleased to have supported People with Disability Australia with this initiative," said Chief Executive Officer of Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, Catherine Brown.
The Australian youth delegates' daily reports and presentations from the 2014 UN Conference to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are available to read online.
Above: The Australian Youth Delegation pictured with Mr Evan Lewis from
the Australian Department of Social Services and a member
of the Australian Government Delegation.