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The UN Programme on Disability/Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) falls within the Division for Social Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). While its global mission is to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities, within the United Nations system, it carries out various tasks, such as supporting inter-governmental bodies, servicing the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD, promoting the international normative framework on disability and implement international norms and standards relating to disability at national, regional and international levels.
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WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Its goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being. In the field of disability, WHO works on various issues, including rehabilitation, community-based rehabilitation, assistive technology and data.
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The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is an alliance of eight global and six regional organisations of persons with disabilities. We advocate at the United Nations for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities and their organisations. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is our touchstone. We are invested in ensuring that the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are inclusive and in line with CRPD. We support organisations of persons with disabilities worldwide to take part in UN and international human rights processes, and use international accountability mechanisms. With member organisations globally, IDA represents the estimated one billion people worldwide with disabilities. This is the world's largest and most frequently overlooked marginalised group.
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UNICEF vision is to build a world where every child can grow up healthy, protected from harm and educated, so they can reach their full potential. The equity-based approach is one of the foundations of UNICEF’s disability agenda, the main goals of which are to mainstream disability across all of our policies and programmes – both in development and humanitarian action – and to develop leadership on the rights of children with disabilities, building capacity among staff and partners.
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The Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC), as an information-dissemination platform, aims to meet the needs of people with disabilities for accessible technology by providing information via online resources, and engaging in advocacy work to support policies that expand access to technology for people with disabilities.
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The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. G3ict’s mission is to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in the digital age. Its objectives and global outreach are aligned with the dispositions of the CRPD on the accessibility of ICTs and Assistive Technologies.
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The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments and to promoting the Guiding Principles of the United Nations CRPD. Registered as a non-profit NGO in Canada, GAATES was incorporated in 2007 by an international consortium dedicated to promoting accessibility worldwide. GAATES has a global membership and an active presence in 6 regions: the Asia-Pacific, Arab, North America, South America, European and African Regions.
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World Enabled is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities and works to build inclusive societies where people with disabilities can develop their talents, skills and abilities and reach their full potential. Its fieldwork and research initiatives further an inclusive human and civil rights approach to disability programs and policies.
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The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is the world’s major association of individuals and organisations concerned with equality of access to appropriate education for children and youth with vision impairment.
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Rehabilitation International (RI) is a global organization and network that empowers persons with disabilities and provides sustainable solutions toward achieving a more inclusive society for them. RI’s mission is to advance the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities across the world.
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