July 11, 2016 to July 20, 2016

HLPF Stakeholder Group


The 2016 HLPF is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. The eight days of discussions at the United Nations in New York will include the voluntary reviews of 22 Member States' progress towards implementing the SDGs.

The HLPF will also include a range of side events, a Partnership Exchange event, and SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions. The HLPF is the most inclusive and participatory forum at the United Nations, bringing all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies together. All people can participate in HLPF through the major groups and other stakeholders format.

With the leadership of IDA, and in partnership with IDDC and other disability movements and organisations worldwide, persons with disabilities have been engaging and contributing to the HLPF and are now recognised as the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities. The disability community coordinated an open and collaborative process for writing a formal submission to the HLPF on behalf of persons with disabilities, which received endorsements from 370 organisations worldwide.

During the HLPF, 22 leading disability rights advocates and representatives from every region of the world will be attending, 12 of which are persons with disabilities. Two persons with disabilities have been invited by the President of ECOSOC to deliver remarks at the official opening and roundtable of the HLPF.

Persons with disabilities will be key participants in four side events during the first week of the HLPF. These will cover discussions on inclusive education, data desegregation by disability, tackling inequalities, and ending violence against children.

The official sessions of the HLPF will be broadcast on the UN's WebTV and closed captioning will be provided.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, where we will be broadcasting and sending updates live from side events, discussions and more.

Participate using #LeaveNoOneBehind #HLPF2016 #HLPF #SDGs#CRPDNow

Click here to download the official HLPF programme, and download the HLPF app for updates direct to your phone or device: from the App Store here, or get it from Google Play here.

Read more about the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities here.

Photos from the HLPF are available here, on our Facebook page

Stakeholder Group with SDG signs

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