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Australian Youth Delegation Daily Report - Thursday 12 June 2014
Conference of State Parties (COSP) in New York
  Monday 16 June 2014
 
Dear ,
 
The Australian NGO Youth Delegation met early in the morning to finalise preparations for our side event, which we are conducting today on Strengthening Emerging Leaders with Disability - Barriers and Opportunities.
 
This morning we also had the opportunity to speak with Mr Evan Lewis from the Australian Department of Social Services and a member of the Australian Government Delegation to the COSP. We spoke about the issues that we thought were important to raise with the Australian government.
 
Some of these important issues included:
  • How the Australian government will include young people with disability in the work that they do to incorporate the principles of the CRPD into policy;
  • How the Australian government will include young people with disability in the work that they do to incorporate the principles of the CRPD into policy;
  • Making sure that there is a voice for young people with disability, including having a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner and maintaining ABC Ramp Up;
  • Public procurement of accessible information and communications technology for government departments;
  • Incorporating the issues of women and girls with disability within the National Disability Strategy (NDS);
  • Equal access to information and services for people living in rural and remote areas; and
  • Providing accessible information and services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability.
 
 
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation meet with Mr Evan Lewis from the Australian Department of Social Services and a member of the Australian Government Delegation to the COSP.
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation meet with
Mr Evan Lewis from the Australian Department of
Social Services and a member of the Australian
Government Delegation to the COSP.
 
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation meet with Mr Evan Lewis from the Australian Department of Social Services and a member of the Australian Government Delegation to the COSP.
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation meet with
Mr Evan Lewis from the Australian Department of
Social Services and a member of the Australian
Government Delegation to the COSP.

Today was also the last day of the Conference of States Parties (COSP). The major attraction for the delegates at the COSP was the Informal Panel: Youth with disability.

The panel was chaired by Maryanne Diamond and the youth presenters were:
In the afternoon, our delegation hosted a side event which focused on barriers and opportunities for strengthening young leaders with disability. The side event involved each Australian youth delegate speaking for about five minutes about our own experiences and what we think governments and civil society should do to support leadership of young people with disability.  
 
IMAGE: Australian NGO Youth Delegates presenting at side event    IMAGE: Australian NGO Youth Delegates presenting at side event
IMAGES: Australian NGO Youth Delegates presenting at side event
 
The main issues and themes that were raised included:
  • The importance of inclusive education and employment opportunities;
  • Self-advocacy, peer support and mentoring;
  • Choice and making one’s own decisions, even bad decisions and learning from mistakes;
  • Control over one’s own body and reproductive rights;
  • Developing your own identity and your own life; and
  • Outreach programs and support in rural and remote areas.
 
We were really pleased that our side event was attended by the Australian Government Delegation. There were also representatives from a range of government and non-government organisations, who asked us questions and showed a great interest in the topics covered in our presentations.
 
A representative from the South African government who worked in the area of youth stated that our side event was the best session she had attended during the COSP.
 
Later in the afternoon, we had a brief meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr Shauib Chalklen who spoke about his role in promoting and monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. In the evening we attended a reception conducted by the youth training team at UNICEF.
 
Sadly, this was the last day of work for the Australian NGO Youth Delegation and we returned to Australia on Friday 14 June very pleased with our productive week at the COSP.
 
Desiree Johnston
On behalf of the Australian NGO Youth Delegation
 
 
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation (Left to Right) Brendan Pearce, Desiree Johnston, Joel Wilson, Cashelle Dunn, Lauren Henley, Bonnie Millen and Ace Boncato in front
IMAGE: Australian Youth Delegation (Left to Right) Brendan Pearce, Desiree Johnston, Joel Wilson,
Cashelle Dunn, Lauren Henley, Bonnie Millen and Ace Boncato in front
 
 
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