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GLAD side-event during 10th COSP

  

During the 10th Session of the conference of States Parties to the CRPD (13-15 June 2017), the GLAD co-chairs hosted a side-event titled: Coordinating action among the donor community. The side-event worked to increase visibility of GLAD as the core Network for sharing expertise, coordinating actions, and raising the profile of disability-inclusion. It also helped to raise awareness among stakeholders of how they can support priorities under GLAD’s  themes of disability-disaggregated data, disability-inclusive humanitarian action, education and social protection, and demonstrate to potential members the value of future engagement with the Network. The session was moderated by IDA, as co-chair of the Network, and had an Opening Address from Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, HE Ms Gillian Bird.

First Steering Committee Meeting, New York, 17 June 2016

       

GLAD Network Launch, London, 3 December 2015

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NEW: GLAD Communique from Steering Committee meeting, 16 June 2017, New York (PDF)

The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network was launched in London in December 2015, by a group of like-minded partners who recognise that to realise the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leave no one behind, and to further the principles reflected in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international community needs to work together to share expertise, coordinate actions, and raise the profile of disability across a broader range of organisations contributing to international development efforts.

The permanent co-chair of the GLAD Network is the International Disability Alliance (IDA).  The current second co-chair is the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

1. Vision
Cooperative international development and humanitarian action which is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

2. Mission
To support bilateral and multilateral donors and organisations, the private sector, foundations and others contributing resources[1] to work together, in collaboration with organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and partner governments, to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action.

3. Goals
Consistent with Article 32 of the CPRD, GLAD members will collectively:
1. Increase coordination of their disability-inclusive contributions
2. Learn from each other by sharing knowledge and resources
3. Amplify their common and united voice for maximum influence
4. Expand and diversify the community of partners contributing resources to disability-inclusive development and humanitarian action
5. Strengthen existing partnerships and disability inclusion within existing global development initiatives

4. Background
Persons with disabilities often face stigma, exclusion and discrimination. As a consequence, they are over-represented amongst the people living in persistent poverty, and are less likely than others to be able to lift themselves out of poverty. It is estimated that 80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries.

Attainment of the SDGs will substantively improve the lives of persons with disabilities. The SDGs are the first global development agenda that clearly includes persons with disabilities in a universal and ambitious plan of action to ensure no one is left behind, and reflect in part the guiding principles of the CRPD. In emergency contexts this is complemented by the Agenda for Humanity adopted at the World Humanitarian Summit. Under the CRPD, states have an international obligation to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities. While Official Development Assistance remains important, it alone cannot achieve social inclusion and active participation of persons with disabilities. The private sector and foundations also play an indispensable role.

5. Ways of Working
GLAD Network members will work together to take actions consistent with the goals defined in Section 3. The GLAD Network will meet annually.

The GLAD Network will be guided by a Steering Committee with two co-chairs. The GLAD Steering Committee will set the priorities of the GLAD Network, and agree on Network events. The Steering Committee will meet at least annually, including during the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the CPRD in New York (usually in June).

GLAD members may also convene other meetings to take forward GLAD’s action agenda on specific technical, geographic and advocacy issues.

6. Membership

See the list of GLAD Network Members

GLAD welcomes international stakeholders (bilateral and multilateral donors and organisations, the private sector, foundations and others) contributing resources to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action. Resources are primarily financial, but may also include technical expertise, provided internationally, either directly or through a partnership, to support disability inclusion in developing countries.

Membership of the GLAD Network will be agreed by a majority of members of the GLAD Network. 

Current membership of the Steering Committee is outlined above. Changes to the membership of the Steering Committee will be agreed by a majority of members of the Steering Committee.

Consistent with the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations will be invited to every meeting, including representatives of persons with disabilities from developing countries/regions. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) will be invited.

Members and participants in GLAD meetings are responsible for covering their costs of attendance. 

7. Governance
The permanent co-chair of the GLAD Network is the International Disability Alliance (IDA).  The second co-chair will be a GLAD member agreed by a simple majority at each annual meeting. The two co-chairs are responsible for:

  1. Providing Secretariat support to plan and conduct the annual meeting, and capture and disseminate the outcomes  
  2. Leading GLAD’s collective efforts to achieve its goals
  3. Representing the GLAD Network.

The Steering Committee will be co-chaired by the Network co-chairs.

For further information, contact glad [at] ida-secretariat.org

[1] See further ‘Membership’ (section 6).