Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 20th October 2011
Conference Programme



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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Promoting Disability Inclusion in Ireland and the World


Dublin Convention Centre, Thursday October 20th, 9.30-3.45 pm 


9.00                Registration and coffee on arrival

9.30                Formal opening of conference


The International and the Regional

International and Regional perspectives are given on different approaches to inclusive development and international disability rights


9.50                 Keynote address: Ms Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State


10.15              The Australian Experience: Mr Bob Mc Mullan


10.45              Facilitated Questions Session

                        Chair: Maurice Manning (President Irish Human Rights Commission)


11.15               Coffee Break


The Global and the Local

This section focuses on development in practice, promoting how it has achieved inclusion and also introducing the local Irish perspective.


11.45am         -     Beral MBaikoudou, Disability Advocate and Member of Parliament, Chad

-         Prudence, Singer/Songwriter, Zimbabwe

-         John Dolan, CEO, Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)

-         Prof. Gerard Quinn, Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUIG

-         David McAllister, Director, CBM Ireland

-         Aidan Leavy, Chair, Dóchas Disability and Development Working Group

Chair: Hans Zomer, Director, Dóchas


13.00              Lunch


Consultation for Review of Irish Aid White Paper on Overseas Development Assistance

14.00              Overview, Donal Cronin, Coordinator Irish Aid White Paper Review

14.15              Consultation via facilitated break out groups

15.15              Plenary session facilitated by Rapporteur


15.45              Close of conference & musical performance




4.00                 Post Conference Book Launch of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy (NUI Galway) Dr. Eilionóir Flynn's book National Disability Strategies: From Rhetoric to Action, Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011) launched by Judith Heumann (Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State).