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Human Rights Council, intersessional forum on economic, social and cultural rights (social forum), 2016 session
October 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
The 2016 Social Forum will take place from 3 to 5 October 2016 in Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, in accordance with paragraph 6 of Human Rights Council resolution 29/19 entitled “The Social Forum.”
The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year.
The theme of the 2016 session of the Social Forum will be the promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities in the context of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Among other human rights concerns, statistics show that around fifty per cent of persons with disabilities cannot afford appropriate health care; and they are more likely to be unemployed than persons without disabilities. Persons with disabilities have, on average, worse living conditions and less participation rates in public affairs than other groups.
Realizing the right to development of persons with disabilities requires the adoption of a human rights-based approach to disability which respects their active, free and meaningful participation in development, the fair distribution of resulting benefits, and their inclusion in society on an equal basis with others. States parties to the CRPD have agreed to cooperate internationally, including through making development cooperation inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities (Article 32 CRPD). The Social Forum provides an inclusive platform to continue moving the international human rights agenda in that direction.
Simultaneous interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), closed captioning in English (through the live Webcast), French (following this link:http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-UNOG-French) and Spanish (following this link:http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-Spanish) and simultaneous International Sign Language Interpretation will be provided during the sessions of the 2016 Social Forum. Additionally, any official document of the 2016 Social Forum may be printed in Braille upon request to the Secretariat during the three days of sessions.
All sessions will be webcast through the following link: http://webtv.un.org/.
Click here for the Accessibility Guide to the Human Rights Council for person with disabilities.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many meetings will take place at the same time at the Palais des Nations. Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive at least one hour before the beginning of the first session on Monday 3 October for registration purposes.
The interactive accessibility map offers useful information about accessible services in Geneva:http://www.paramap.ch/desktop. The following website from the Association Handicap Architecture Urbanismeprovides information on mobility and accessibility in Geneva: http://www.hau-ge.ch/geneve-accessible.
For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat of the Social Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org).