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March of Dimes Canada at United Nations Headquarters

In a historic first, at United Nations headquarters in New York, March of Dimes Canada was formally accredited for NGO delegate status to the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This year’s conference, the 7th such event since the initial ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was held from June 10 to 12, 2014 and featured 40 side events with more than 1,000 participants from 150 countries. 

One of the themes for this year’s Conference of States Parties focused on monitoring and national implementation of the principles of the Convention.  

“This event offers delegates the unique opportunity to meet and learn from both fellow Canadian and many international representatives,” explains Martha Hall, Director of Canada’s Office of Disability Issues.

March of Dimes’ delegates, Andria Spindel and Steven Christianson, shared their experiences from advocating for Ontario’s AODA, Manitoba’s AMA, as well as for accessibility legislation in B.C., Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.  

UN accreditation represents yet another milestone in the ongoing history of March of Dimes Canada. “Our work at the UN, and the relationships we forged, should make substantive contributions to several initiatives, from the international conferences we host to our policy advocacy with federal officials in Ottawa,” explains President and CEO, Andria Spindel. “We look forward to even more opportunity at the 2015 Conference.”

Ms. Hall, one of several representatives of the Government of Canada, points out that “the participation of organizations such as March of Dimes Canada adds to the experience of other delegates, who hear of the local, regional and national perspectives and lived experiences of Canadians with disabilities, and I know in turn March of Dimes will benefit from this rich collaboration.”

A final report from the 2014 Conference of States Parties will be presented to the UN Secretary General in the coming weeks, after which it will be made available publicly. 

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La Marche des Dix Sous du Canada aux Sièges des Nations Unies

Lors d’une première historique, au siège des Nations Unies dans la ville de New York, la Marche des Dix Sous du Canada a été officiellement accrédité au statut de délégué pour les ONG à la Conférence de haut niveau sur les droits des personnes handicapées.

La conférence a eu lieu du 10 – 12 juin, 2014 et était le 7e événement de ce genre depuis la ratification initiale de la convention sure les droits des personnes handicapées. Il y avait 40 événements parallèles comprenant plus de 1000 participants provenant de 150 pays.

L'un des thèmes de la Conférence de haut niveau de cette année était concentré sur le suivi et la mise en œuvre nationale des principes de la Convention.

Les délégués de La Marche des Dix Sous, Andria Spindel et Steven Christianson, ont partagé les expériences de plaidoyer pour l’AOAD, l’AAM du Manitoba, ainsi que la législation sur l'accessibilité en Colombie-Britannique, Nouvelle-Écosse et Saskatchewan.

L’accréditation  de l’ONU représente une étape importante dans l'histoire de la Marche des Dix Sous du Canada. «Notre travail à l'ONU, et les relations que nous avons formé, devraient apporter une grande contribution à plusieurs de nos initiatives, de nos conférences internationales au plaidoyer politique avec les fonctionnaires fédéraux à Ottawa», explique le président et chef de la direction, Andria Spindel. «Nous nous réjouissons à l’idée de participer à la conférence de 2015 qui j’espère nous offrira encore plus d’opportunité. »

Un rapport final de la Conférence de haut niveau de 2014 sera présenté au Secrétaire Général de l'ONU dans les prochaines semaines, et sera par la suite disponible au public.


Images from the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 10 - 12, 2014 at United Nations Headquarters, New York.​

MODC CEO and National Manager of Government Relations a day before the Conference
MODC President and CEO Andria Spindel and Steven Christianson National Manager of Government Relations a day before the Conference.
MODC Group photo at the UN
MODC Group photo at the UN.
 

 
 
UN Opening Panel for Young People with Autism
UN Opening Panel for Young People with Autism.



Ms. Risnawati Ultami at UN Side Event
Ms. Risnawati Ultami at UN Side Event.
UN Procedings - Voting 
UN Procedings - Voting
UN General Assembly opening day
UN General Assembly opening day.

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