Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance, issues a statement at the opening of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC's 2015 session.

Mr. Vladimir Cuk is the Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). Vladimir is responsible for coordinating the IDA Secretariat and IDA advocacy towards the UN System. In particular, Vladimir is engaged in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Vladimir is a member of the Policy Board of the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as the Inter Agency Support Group to the CRPD. IDA was instrumental in establishing the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Group - a disability inclusive donors coordination mechanism. 

Mr. Cuk received his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Disability and Human Development. He has received seven awards in recognition for his academic achievements. Vladimir published a book, several articles and encyclopedia entries. Vladimir is based in New York.