Australian delegates with disability attend the 16th United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP16)

15 June 2023Image of some of the Australian civil society delegation at COSP16 with Amanda Rishworth and Mitch Fifield.

Fourteen Australians representing the disability community are this week in New York City with the Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth attending the 16th Session of the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP16).

Held at the United Nations Headquarters from 13 to 15 June 2023, COSP16 is be the most significant and diverse meeting of people with disability in the world. It involves delegations from countries that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

COSP16 provides a platform for Australia to pursue opportunities for international cooperation on disability inclusion.

Australia’s 14 disability community representatives are civil society delegates, independent from the government and business sectors. At COSP16 they have a unique opportunity to represent Australia’s diverse disability community on the world stage.

The civil society delegates are supported to attend COSP16 through targeted funding provided by the Australian Government’s Supporting Participation Program.

Note: The image does not include all civil society delegates.

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