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International Expert Meeting on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Social Protection

Date: 20 - 21 May 2015

  • Time: 9:00-18:00
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Counterpart(s): United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, BMZ, GIZ

Access to social security is a crucial element of inclusive societies. For persons living with disabilities, it plays an especially important role in providing an adequate standard of living and basic income security, thereby reducing vulnerability and levels of poverty.

This expert meeting will be in a roundtable format to allow for a collaborative discussion. Policy makers, researchers, and practitioners will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences, explore best practices and opportunities for collaboration, discuss the coordination of social protection systems, examine the role of special programmes geared towards persons with disabilities and discuss states’ challenges in ensuring the right to social protection.

Information shared during the meeting will be used by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas, to prepare a report for the UN General Assembly’s 70th session in October.

Theresia DegenerCommittee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Magdalena SepúlvedaSenior Research Fellow, UNRISD
Uwe GehlenHead of Social Protection, GIZ
Isabella BertmannGIZ
Sergei SoaresPresident, Institute for Applied Economic Research (Brazil)
Christina BehrendtSenior Social Protection Policy Specialist, ILO
Zhyldyz PolotovaDeputy Minister of Social Development, Kyrgizstan
Thokozani MagwazaActing Director General, Department of Social Development (South Africa)
Basant Raj GautamJoint Secretary/Chief District Officer at Ministry of Home Affairs (Nepal)
Stanfield MicheloDirector of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (Zambia)
Nguyen Thi Thu Thanh Government of Vietnam
Katariina SarioSenior Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Alex CoteCapacity Building Program Officer, International Disability Alliance
Ola Abu AlghaibDisability Rights Fund Advisory Panel Member(Palestine)
Sylvia BealesHead of Strategic Alliances, HelpAge

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