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June 16, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - June 16, 2021 @ 3:45 pm

CoSP14 side-event “One pandemic, Different realities”

The International Disability and Development Consortium, the International Disability Alliance, Inclusive Futures, Social Development Direct, UK AID and the UNPRPD are delighted to invite you to attend their side-event “One pandemic, Different realities: Evidence on the Experience of the Diversity of Persons with Disabilities, their Representative organisations and Civil Society Organisations in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic and preparing to Build Back Inclusively” to be held on Wednesday 16 June from 8:30 to 9:45 am EDT/ 14:30 to 15:45 CEST, as part of the 14th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP14).


While countries still navigate between lockdown and reopening stages, the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the human rights of persons with disabilities remains unclear. A very glaring evidence gap currently is an understanding of how the pandemic affected the working of OPDs and how that stands to impact disability inclusion moving forward. The event aims at providing guidelines to local, national and international stakeholders to support their recovery and build sustainable resilience to future shocks, based on the findings from three complementary research projects. With the UNPRPD support, IDA and IDDC gathered data respectively on the experience of persons with disabilities since the first wave and on the COVID-19 consequences on projects and programmes run by CSOs in the Global South. The Disability Inclusion Helpdesk, a FCDO funded facility, IDA and Sightsavers investigated the pandemic impact on OPDs. The event will also reflect on persons with disabilities’ access to vaccination.


The side-event aims at providing guidelines based on the lessons learned from COVID-19 to local, national and international stakeholders to support their recovery and build sustainable resilience to any future shocks. Building on the reports’ recommendations and guidelines, the side-event will also provide the opportunity to reflect on how persons with disabilities will access the vaccinations and how to ensure participation of OPDs as essential actors to ‘rebuild’ more inclusively.


Opening remarks

  • Claire Moran, Head of Global Funds Department (Global Health and COVID-19 Directorate), FCDO
  • Dr. Ola Abu Alghaib, Director/Manager, Technical Secretariat UNPRPD MPTF


  • Martine Abel-Williamson, World Blind Union
  • Lorraine Wapling, Senior Technical Expert, SDDirect
  • Rejaul Karim Siddiquee, OPD Engagement Officer for Bangladesh, IDA
  • Dr. Amita Bhakta, Consultant, IDDC
  • Dominic Haslam, Chair, IDDC

Moderation by Dr. Antony Duttine, Regional Adviser Disability and Rehabilitation, PAHO/WHO

Closing remarks

  • Priscille Geiser, Programme Director, IDA

Additional information:

  • Interpretation: International Sign
  • Captioning: English

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