Day 2, Saturday March 19th
International Conference

Morning Session 19 March, 2016 

9:15am – 10:45am

Opening Session-

·   AOPD Chair, Dr. Nawaf Kabbara

·   DPI Chair and Executive, Ms. Rachel Kachaje

-   Chair of  European Disability Forum(EDF), Mr.Yannis Vardakastanis

-   Vice Chair of International Disability Alliance(IDA) Ms Ana Lucía Arellano

·   Ministry of Social Solidarity in Egypt, Dr. Ghada Waly

·   League of Arab States (LAS), Ambassador Badr Aldine Alali, Head of Social Affairs Sector

Video Messages by,

·   UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas  

·   Chair, CRPD Committee, Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes


10:45am – 11:15 am Coffee break


11:15am – 11:30 am

Introduction to the conference objectives and Conference Declaration.

- Dr. Nawaf Kabbara (Chair of AOPD)

- Mrs. Nivine El Kabbag, Consultant Ministry of Social Solidarity in Egypt

11:30am – 1:00pm

Panel 1

From Needs to Rights: Implementing the UN CRPD at the international Level: The status of CRPD implementation in the world with regional perspectives.

Chaired By

- Mr. Amer Alhajri, General Director,Council of Ministries of Labour & Council of Ministries of Social Affairs in GCC states, Executive Bureau.

- Mr. Kalle Konkkola, Finland Ambassador for Disability affairs.


-  European Perspective: Mr. Giampiero Griffo, DPI Europe

-  African Perspective: Mr. Tambo Camara, DPI Africa

 - Asia Pacific Perspective:  DPI Korea

 - Latin America Perspective: Mrs. Ana Lucía Arellano, RIADIS

 - Arab Region Perspective: Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah, AOPD


1:00pm – 2:30 pm

Panel 2

Presentation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Review and analysis from organizations of persons with disabilities, disability and development organizations.

Chaired By:

Mrs. Ghada Abdel Tawab, Program Officer –Social and Economic Rights, Ford Foundation.

Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal, UNESCAP Disability Rights Champion( Bangladesh)


-  Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

-  Mr. Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist at ILO, Geneva

-  Mr. Mukhtar AlShibani, President of the Global Alliance on Accessibility Technologies and Environments(GAATES)   

- Mr. Tarek El Nabulsi, Director of the Department of Social Development and policies, Cabinet of Assistant Secretary General of Social Affairs (LAS).

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Lunch break

3:30pm – 4:00 pm

The decisions of UN expert committee on the disability indicators in the SDG 2030.

Speaker:  Mrs. Orsolya Bartha, International Disability Alliance

3:30pm – 4:00 pm

Three parallel thematic workshops:

Workshop 1: Women and Girls with Disabilities

A discussion on advocacy in support of the rights of women and girls with disabilities; presenting advocacy challenges and opportunities at the national, regional and global levels, as well as the experiences of most-marginalized constituencies.  


- Ms. Wiebke Schar, Germany

- Ms. Hend Alshowaier, Saudi Arabia  

Workshop 2: Children and Youth with Disabilities

Exploring the experiences of children and youth with disabilities, and the achievement in the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in society.


- Mr. Robert Grund, Germany

- Mr. Abdallah Bunian, Yemen    

Workshop 3:  Poverty and persons with disabilities

Review and analysis of the intersection between disabilities and poverty.


- Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal, UNESCAP Disability Rights Champion(    Bangladesh) 

- Mr. Michele Falavigna, AIFO /RIDS

5:00pm – 6:00 pm

Panel  3

Feedback from afternoon workshops, including questions from the floor

Chaired by: Mrs. Maha Helali, Chair of Inclusion International  MENA region 

Free evening

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