Are you ready?

Catherine Naughton.
Author:Catherine
Posted on: Sunday, 22nd September, 2013

Are you all ready for the High Level Meeting on disability and development?

This is a very exciting moment for CBM, as we approach this first ever UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development, 23rd September 2013. It is also exciting, and a bit nerve wracking, because it is the first time we ever blog direct onto cbm.org without the magic filter (Gordon).  So, we are reading me unedited, and jet-lagged. It might be good to put in a disclaimer here saying what you read is not (yet) CBM’s official position. Only I can be blamed!

I have been told to ‘be informal’ while writing this blog. So allow me another side track- the photo of me you see here on the blog, according to Gordon, ‘takes 10 years off me’. Thanks to Karin Klostermann in CBM Germanys press department for taking the photo. Thanks also to Gordon for taking me down a peg.

So tomorrow is the day of the HLM, and the world (at least the people in the world, like you, who care about the rights of persons with disabilities), will be watching. What will the UN Secretary General say? What commitments will our governments make? What progress will we see for women, men and children with disabilities everywhere, once this HLM is over?

In this blog, I will try to report on the main issue- what our governments are promising and signing up to. I will also give you an overview of many other events taking place around the HLM- which CBM colleagues and partners are also involved with.

The HLM can be watched online at: http://webtv.un.org/. The meeting goes on for the full day, during the day you can be alerted of who is speaking if you follow us on twitter @catherinecbm, @cbmworldwide and @CBMuk, and here, but perhaps a bit less immediate.

I have just read the wonderful news that Rima Canawati from the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation will have the chance to speak at the HLM itself. She has been recommended by IDDC as a speaker on behalf of civil society with focus women with disabilities and situations of conflict.

Watch this space on the 23rd!

Greetings from New York,

Catherine

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