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Speeches and presentations

Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

2024

  • Statements by the Special Rapporteur at the 24th Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons entitled “Beyond Awareness-Raising: Reshaping Human Trafficking Prevention”, organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings), Vienna, 15-16 April 2024. Statement at panel 1 (English only) and at the Side Event on “The Nexus between Disabilities and Human Trafficking” (English only).
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the 55th session of the Human Rights Council presenting her vision report, 11 March 2024 (English only)
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities at the 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development, Panel discussion on emerging issues “The Influence of Digital Transformation on Inclusive Growth and Development: A Path to Realizing Social Justice” – New York, 7 February 2024 (English only)

2023

  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the 78th session of the General Assembly, 26 October 2023 (English only) - Video
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the online launch event of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) new guidance on “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, 9 October 2023 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the side event “Technology and Innovation to promote the Right to Health of Persons with Disabilities”, at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council, 4 October 2023 - script (English only)
  • 16th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 13-15 June 2023:
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, presenting his annual report on the Tansformation of Services for Persons with Disabilities, 13 March 2023 (English only)

2022

  • 15th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York, 14-16 June 2022:
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the COSP15 side event on “LGBTIQ youth with disabilities: re-envisioning the road to equality”, 15 June 2022 - video, script (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the COSP15 side event on “Protecting the Rights of Children with Disabilities in Armed Conflict”, 15 June 2022, - video, script (English only)
  • Presentation by the Special Rapporteur at the Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE) conference “Exploring Voice, Power and Change”: “Linking Research to Change: Risks and Opportunities”, 12 May 2022 (English only).
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council, presenting his annual report on Artificial Intelligence and Disabilities, 14 March 2022 (English only)
  • "The rights of older persons tomorrow". Remarks by the Special Rapporteur on the issue of a proposed international treaty on the rights of older persons, 22 February 2022 (English only)

2021

  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur on “promoting leadership and participation of persons with disabilities in peace processes” at a side-event on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Humanitarian Week, 7 December 2021 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the launch of the Russian Easy-to-read version of the Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (OSCE, ODIHR), 2 December 2021 (English only)
  • Presentation by the Special Rapporteur at the Human Rights Council Intersessional consultation on mental health and human rights, 15 November 2021 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the Human Rights Council Intersessional panel discussion on the right to social security on the theme: “the right to social security in the changing world of work”, 1 November 2021 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur on the occasion of the 2021 International Day of Sign Language celebrations organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), 23 September 2021 (English only)
  • Speech by the Special Rapporteur at the Annual Conference of the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud of Norway on the theme: "Self - determination for people with cognitive impairments in health and care services and the need for a new self-decision-making system [Articles 12, 14, 19, 25 of the CRPD]", 23 September 2021 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the webinar on “Group homes for children with disabilities? Disability rights perspectives: reflections, practices and a call for action” (English only), 7 September 2021
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur on Intersectionality and disability in  international human rights law  at the online seminar on “Indigenous  peoples: language culture and life cycle” (English only), 31  August 2021
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights Research: “Putting the Human Back into Human Rights - Intersectional Perspectives” (English only) 21 June 2021
  • 14th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York and online, 15-17 June 2021:
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the 2021 General Assembly of the International Disability Development Consortium (IDDC), on the theme: “Build Back Inclusively” (English only), 18 May 2021
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the COFACE Disability Platform event on S.H.I.F.T.: online session on the transition towards meaningful inclusion in Europe, 29 April 2021 (English only)
  • Remarks by the Special Rapporteur at the public Hearing of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on de-institutionalisation of persons with disabilities, 16 March 2021 (English only)
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, presenting his annual report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/46/27) Geneva (online), 3 March 2021, (English only)
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities at the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – Interactive dialogue with senior officials of the UN Systems on the priority theme: “socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” - New York (online), 10 February 2021

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