WFDYS president Jenny Nilsson attended the Fourth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN headquarters in New York, USA, 7-9 September 2012 through the Swedish Government Delegation.
Jenny participated the Civil Society Forum committee on the implementation of the CRPD where she gave a presentation of the Swedish parallel report and mentioned the importance of cooperation with youth-led organizations for youth with disabilities. During the meeting, there were several side events and Jenny attended these related to children and youth, such as “making together to achieve equality, brining children with disability to the forefront of international development cooperation”, “harnessing the power of young people with disabilities partners for development” by the UNICEF and the UN Youth Programme. Jenny introduced also an informal session on the Swedish table: Realizing the right to work and employment with an input about the importance to involve youth people with disabilities in decision-making processes about employment. In the days after the Conference, International Disability Alliance, IDA, held its board meeting where Jenny attended as observer. IDA member organizations discussed youth topics and how to set up a network between international youth organizations. This topic will continue at next meeting.
The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to establish network and contacts for the WFDYS for the future work. Hopefully WFDYS will itself be able to attend the Fifth Conference of State Parties 2012.
WFDYS thinks it is an interesting forum and good of opportune to network with youth delegates from whole the world and debating to influence the final report. The forum is important as a platform for us young people, in closing speech by Ms Irina Bokova there she mentioned the importance that youth are involved in decision‐processes and democracy is powerful in that way.