Information on GPcwd Forums
The GPcwd emerged from a series of high-level consultations and partners' meetings throughout 2011 and 2012. An initial call for a Partnership was made during the Fourth Conference of State Parties to the CRPD in September 2011, when partners gathered for a consultation on “Working Together to Achieve Equity: Bringing Children with Disabilities to the Forefront of International Development Cooperation” , and during which
and agreed on a number of issues relating to children with disabilities that the Partnership could address:
1. Enhance the lack of coordination at the field, regional and global levels;
2. Foster data collection and ensure gaps in data are strategically addressed;
3. Tackle barriers to measure results, obtain evidence and document results;
4. Develop common strategies and principles;
5. Promote effective strategies for sustainability;
6. Ensure adequate funding;
7. Raise the profile of children with disabilities.
With the aim to catalyze further attention and collaboration to advance the rights of children with disabilities, experts and representatives from governments, NGOs and DPOs, gathered in New York for the September 2012 Inaugural Forum on the GPcwd at UNICEF House.
During the first Forum, partners launched a Call to Action to bring international focus on the factors which impede the development and realization of the rights of children and young people with disabilities as well as advocate for an inclusive, integrated, collaborative rights-based Post-2015 Development Framework.
Building on the promising progress made in its first year, the second Forum in 2013 reinforced the collective commitment of the GPcwd to ground all efforts in an ethos of partnership, with an ultimate goal of achieving an inclusive Post-2015 Development Framework.
In 2014 the UNICEF and the GPcwd Secretariat brought together 14 young people with disabilities for the week-long advocacy training.