Soft Launch: CRPD Mobile App in Commemoration of CRPD+10 and 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • United Nations 405 East 42nd Street New York, NY, 10017 United States

This Side Event celebrates the soft launch of a beta version of an iOS 10 mobile application on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the CRPD on the occasion of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Side Event offers an opportunity to showcase, engage with, and discuss the beta version of the mobile app with a multistakeholder audience of United Nations officials, government representatives, academics, disabled peoples’ organizations, disability rights advocacy organizations, and additional civil society participants.

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016

Time: 1:15pm-2:30pm US Eastern Time

Location: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 8


Recording Link and UN TV Livestream

Soft Launch: CRPD Mobile App
In Commemoration of CRPD+10 and the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

2 December 2016, 1:15pm-2:30pm US Eastern Time

UN TV Livestream Recording

Recording - Soft Launch: CRPD Mobile App


This is the first mobile app of its kind, with the aim to raise awareness of this critical disability policy framework, its contents, and its significance for human rights and disability rights. The beta version of the mobile app will facilitate greater broad public understanding of the CRPD and feature a listing of the articles of the CRPD, as well as indices of countries that have signed and ratified the Convention with corresponding dates. It will allow an iOS mobile device user (iPhone and iPad) to quickly and conveniently access the contents of the CRPD for the purposes of knowledge, awareness raising, research, implementation, monitoring, and reporting. The app is a significant stride in CRPD implementation, and will help to advance the goal of universal ratification and implementation by signing parties.

This CRPD mobile app is a project of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University in collaboration with UNDESA/DSPD/SCRPD and The Nippon Foundation.

Organizer:

  • Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University

Co-Sponsors:

  • UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • The Nippon Foundation
  • Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • International Disability Alliance
  • Disabled People’s International
  • World Enabled

Agenda and Speakers:

Each speaker will share their perspective on ideas they might have for the development of this app and the impact it might have in contributing to a broad public understanding of the CRPD and as a powerful channel for awareness-raising of global disability rights. Speakers will also discuss possibilities for further development, enhancement and expansion of the mobile app in future phases, as well as effective dissemination channels for broad public usage of the app.

Welcome Remarks (2 minutes)

  • Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn
    Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Opening Remarks (3 minutes each)

  • Amb. Luis Gallegos (By Video)
    Chair, Joint Advisory Board, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; Chair, G3ICT; Special Advisor, The Nippon Foundation
  • Dr. Victor Pineda (By Video)
    Chair, International Advisory Board, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; Founder and Executive Director, World Enabled/Pineda Foundation; President, GAATES; Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California-Berkeley

Presentation of the CRPD Mobile App Beta Version (10 minutes)

  • Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn
    Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University; Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

Significance of the CRPD Mobile App in Commemoration of CRPD+10 (5 minutes)

  • DESA/DSPD/SCRPD Representative
    Secretariat, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Impact and Perspectives on Possible Development and Dissemination (5 minutes each)

  • Ms. Megan Smith
    2030 Agenda Liaison, International Disability Alliance
  • Mr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy
    Executive Director, Disabled People's International - Arab Region and the Arab Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Senior Doctoral Fellow, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University
  • Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter
    Director, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Faculty Associate, Institute on Disability and Public Policy, American University