UN Side-Event June 17th: Nothing Without Us: Disability Inclusion and the Pandemic Recovery
Nothing Without Us!
Thursday, June 17th, 2021 to
The disability community in Canada and internationally has continually called upon all levels of government to include persons with disabilities in its management of the current pandemic and recovery efforts. This side event would focus on how countries can take an overarching “Nothing without us” approach to the pandemic recovery and ensure full social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities.
This panel will share how persons with disabilities are being included in the pandemic recovery plans, identify challenges being faced and highlight elements that are essential to success. We will also hear about a broad range of initiatives, supports, mechanisms and initiatives that have been put in place throughout the pandemic or are being developed to support persons with disabilities.
Introductory Remarks: The Honourable Robert Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative-Designate of Canada to the United Nations in New York
- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
- Undersecretary Ana C. Dione, Department of Labour and Employment, Government of Philippines
- Mr. Gopal Mitra, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
- Dr. Deborah Stienstra, Professor of Political Science and the Director at Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph
- Dr. László Gábor LOVÁSZY (PhD), Former member of the UN CRPD Committee (2013-2021); Secretary General, United Nations Association of Hungary, Member organization of the World Federation of United Nations Associations; and Senior research fellow, University of Public Service and Corvinus University of Budapest
American Sign Language, Langue des signes québécoise, Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) (captioning) in English and French, and English/French translation will be provided.