Save the Date - 2nd Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) Forum
Plans are being made for the second gathering of the GPcwd to take place on September 24th immediately following the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. This year’s event will be one full day at UNICEF House, followed by a reception. Further details are forthcoming, but please save the date. More information on the Partnership and the work of the four task forces (education, nutrition, humanitarian action, and assistive technology) are available at http://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_65319.html.
UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report 2013 will focus on Children with Disabilities – To be released on 30 May
On May 30th, UNICEF will launch this year’s edition of its flagship publication, State of the World’s Children. The focus is Children with Disabilities. The report focuses on the position of children with disabilities in a varying worldwide landscape: how do they fare at home, in school, or at health care centres? What happens to children with disabilities in emergencies or conflict? How do these situations fluctuate around the world? The report asks readers to consider the lost opportunities in denying the full potential of these children.
The State of the World’s Children 2013 argues for inclusive and equitable approaches in such areas as early childhood development, education, health, nutrition, humanitarian response and protection. Based on documented experience and examples, the report will recommend ways in which governments, the private sector, international donors and agencies, and other stakeholders can help advance this agenda.
The report gives a voice to children to encourage their position as architects and agents of change in their towns, villages and cities, and to engage a dialogue leading toward equal treatment of all children, regardless of ability. To this end, in addition to the main narrative and expert technical panels, the report features perspectives, or personal essays, by policymakers, parents, care providers, celebrities and role models with disabilities and, most significantly, young people with disabilities that have accomplished personal or professional goals or are striving to do so. The hope is that report will foster greater attention on these children’s global needs and remarkable potential.