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PWDA Alert
  Friday 6 September 2013
Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Delegation Daily Report - Thursday 5 September 2013
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Geneva, Switzerland
 
Dear ,
 
Fifth of September is an official UN holiday and just about everything in Geneva was closed today. 
 
The Australian Civil Society Delegation took the opportunity to hold a final meeting to de-brief on our work with the International Disability Alliance (IDA).  IDA is an international DPO that is based in Geneva and its main role is to assist DPOs and delegations that come to the UN to advocate on behalf of people with disability. IDA has been instrumental in assisting our Delegation to prepare and conduct activities while we have been at the UN.
  Photograph of Australia Delegation seated around a large table with papers and computers.
Australian Delegation in Geneva
During our meeting, we discussed our work during the week and
identified key actions that needed to be finalised.  We drafted final statements and suggested recommendations that we thought would be important to convey to the CRPD Committee in its deliberations on the Concluding Observations. 
 
We provided these to a number of CRPD Committee members and to IDA for their follow-up work with the secretariat of the CRPD Committee.
 
The meeting marked the end of our formal work in Geneva. However, we recognise that work will still need to continue once the Concluding Observations are released.  This is likely to be on 12 or 13 September 2013.  We are hopeful that the Concluding Observations to Australia will provide useful tools for our advocacy within Australia for the rights of people with disability.
 
The Delegation would like to sincerely thank IDA for their significant support during our time in Geneva, and in particular Ms Victoria Lee.  We also thank DLA Piper for their significant and invaluable pro bono assistance and support throughout the four years of the project, and in particular Mr Nicholas Patrick. 
 
The Australian Government also provided financial assistance to undertake activities throughout the project and to participate in this event and we thank them.
 
There are many more individuals and NGOs who have contributed to the review process, most importantly the many people with disability and their representative organisations that provided information for Disability Rights Now.
 
Therese Sands and Rosemary Kayess
Delegation Coordinators
 
On behalf of the Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Delegation -
Judy Huett
Brett Casey
Carolyn Fohmader
David Heckendorf
Damian Griffis
Paul Cain
Raja Relf
Stephen Gianni
People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
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