Wednesday 30 January 2019

The Australian Government has announced it will provide $100,000 per year over three years to 2020-2021, to support people with disability and their representatives to attend key international human rights forum.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said the funding would be used to assist people with disability and their representatives to attend meetings such as the United Nation’s annual Conference of States Parties (COSP) in New York City, USA.

“A portion of this funding will also be used to send a youth delegation to the COSP meeting” Mr Fletcher said.

The Australian Human Rights Commission will work with the Department of Social Services to administer the program and support participants attending international human rights events.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin said: “This program provides unique opportunities for advocates with disability to build their capacity to engage with United Nations (UN) mechanisms and represent the Australian disability sector at the UN.  I am particularly excited that young Australians with disability, through the dedicated emerging young leaders program, will have an opportunity to network with advocates in the international disability movement, learn about strategic advocacy and its application to domestic advocacy, and visit important UN organisations.”

The 12th session of COSP will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 11 – 13 June 2019. Applications for funding to attend the 12th session are due 10am (AEDT), Monday 25 February 2019.

More information about the application process and the emerging young leaders’ delegation is available here:

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