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Disabled People's International (DPI)

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Disabled Peoples International (DPI) is the world's ONLY cross-disability Global Disabled People's Organisation (DPO).  DPI is a Human rights organisation committed to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities and the promotion of their full and equal participation in society.  Established in 1981, DPI is represented through active membership of national organizations of people with disability in over 130 countries 


AFDO currently holds the following positions on Disabled People's International: 

  • Australia's representative on DPI
  • Australia's representative on DPI Asia-Pacific 
  • Chair of the DPI Asia-Pacific Executive
  • Information Officer on the DPI World Council Executive
  • Full member of DPI


More information: Disabled People's International (DPI) website 



DPI World Assembly, April 2016

AFDO President, Trevor Carroll represented AFDO at the 9th DPI World Assembly which was held 11-13 April in New Delhi, India.  Trevor was elected Chairperson DPI Asia Pacific Regional Council and as Information Officer of the World Executive Council, the terms for both positions are for four years.  Over 200 participants from 70 countries actively participate in the world assembly for DPI. 

This was a watershed moment in the history of DPI to bring so many people from around the world together.  This world assembly energised the work of DPI around the world and recommitted us to continuing the hard work to achieve equality for all people with disabilities particularly for those in the global South where under development, poverty and the lack of government commitment is delaying the inclusion of people with disabilities as full citizens within their communities.  Trevor has set up a Facebook page to focus his work as Regional Chairperson and communicate with all people with disabilities and allies across the Asia-Pacific region.

DPI delegation at CoSP, June 2015 and 2016

AFDO was part of the DPI delegation that attended the Civil Society Global Forum and the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2015 and 2016.  More information on CoSP


Photo of Trevor Carroll & Javed from DPI                        

 Photo: AFDO President, Trevor Carroll and DPI Chairperson Javed Abidi



Conference of State Parties (CoSP)

The Conference of State Parties is an annual event held at the United Nations in New York. It brings together states that have ratified the CRPD. The purpose of CoSP is for states parties to discuss the implementation of the CRPD with respect to a particular theme.

CoSP is one of the main mechanisms that the United Nations uses to monitor the worldwide disability issues and CRPD progress.

The conference mostly focuses on reports by government officials. People with disability are part of the Civil Society and are able to attend side events (meetings & forums) and view the conference from the gallery.

Key Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO’s) such as Disabled Peoples International (DPI) and International Disability Alliance (IDA) which have consultative status with the United Nations are able to formally contribute to the CoSP after governments have spoken.

Conference of State Parties (CoSP) 2017

AFDO attended the 10th Session of CoSP from 13th to 15th June 2017.

The theme of this years COSP was “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention” and included three subthemes:

  • Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD;
  • Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action;
  • Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III.

More information on the 10th Session of Conference of State Parties (CoSP)

Conference of State Parties (CoSP) 2015 & 2016

AFDO attended CoSP in 2015 and 2016 and below are the Reports on the 8th & 9th session of CoSP.

Photo of AFDO CEO, Matthew Wright & Dorodi Sharma of DPI 

Photo: Former AFDO CEO, Matthew Wright with Ms. Dorodi Sharma from Disabled People's International (DPI) at CoSP 2016



Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)

Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) is an Australian based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries; building on a human rights platform for disability advocacy.  


AFDO currently holds the the following positions on ADDC:

  • Australia's Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) Representative on ADDC
  • Member of the ADDC Executive Committee 
  • Full member of ADDC


Mr. Frank Hall-Bentick, AFDO's International Coordinator, and AFDO Board member is our representative on the ADDC, including the ADDC Executive Committee.  

The ADDC works very closely with the International Development branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and since the creation of the CRPD in 2006 has achieved a major bi-partisan commitment to supporting disabled peoples organisations in Developing countries.  The disability team at DFAT now has seven staff overseeing the work of Australia Government and International Aid Agencies around the World. 

The ADDC hold regular Practitioner Interest Forum (PIF) throughout the year to hear about the work of Aid Agencies and discuss case studies to share ideas and successful projects. 

Follow this link to subscribe to the ADDC Newsletter.

Visit the ADDC website



Pacific Disability Forum

AFDO is a Full member of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF).  

Since their formation in 2004, PDF has worked hard to advocate for disability issues.  The Pacific Disability Forum is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) in the Pacific region.  

The Pacific Disability Forum advocates for the rights and full inclusion of persons with disabilities to Pacific Island Country governments, UN agencies and other non-government organisations in the Pacific. 

PDF's mission is to improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we run programs for women and youth with disabilities, researchadvocacycapacity building and development. Find out more about these programs by following the links. 

More information Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) website 

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Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group

AFDO was part of the Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group ‘Disability Rights Now’, which was formed in 2009 in order to prepare a report from civil society on Australia’s compliance with, and progress in the implementation of, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Parallel Report Group brought together Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), disability advocacy organisations, disability legal advocacy centres and human rights organisations in order to conduct research and consult with people with disability to gain their perspective and gather their experiences.  

Specific input was sought from representatives of people with disability in rural and remote Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.   Consultations were held in each of the 8 States and Territories: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.


Australian Civil Society Report to the United Nations CRPD - August 2012

The final report, Disability Rights Now, was launched in August 2012 and has been endorsed by over 80 organisations.  It has been provided to the CRPD Committee and was  developed by Disabled Persons, Advocacy and Human Rights Organisations.  It contains over 130 recommendations and was developed over a three-year period.

Australian Civil Society Report to the United Nations CRPD

Australian Civil Society Report to the United Nations CRPD - Easy English

Watch an Auslan video about the Report 


The Parallel Report Group Response to the List of Issues

The Parallel Report Group made a submission to the CRPD Committee for its 10th session. It was in the form of a Response to the ‘List of Issues’ that Australia was asked to provide more information on by the CRPD Committee.   The Response is based on the comprehensive information contained in Disability Rights Now, which represents the views of people with disability from across Australia. 

The Full Report includes an Annex providing references to relevant sections in Disability Rights Now for each of the 50 questions on the List of Issues.

Australian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Response to the List of Issues


Individual Fact Sheets Responding to the List of Issues  

The Parallel Report Group submission consists of 11 Fact Sheets that update the 11 priority areas of concern that have been identified by the Parallel Report Group.   Each Fact Sheet contains a list of suggested Recommendations for that priority area of concern drawn primarily from the Disability Rights Now Report. 

Individual Fact Sheets Responding to the List of Issues



Supporting Korea with the CRPD


In 2013, AFDO was invited to present in Seoul at a workshop to support the Korean Civil Society delegation to prepare for their involvement in the United Nations assessment of Korea’s compliance with the UNCRPD.  Former UN committee members from Bangladesh and Hungary as well as the current Korean member all presented. Hong Kong and Australia completed the international component of presentations. Korean leaders/activists also presented.

Australia was also represented at two functions, one hosted by the Korean Human Rights Commission and the other hosted by the Korean National Assembly (Korean Parliament).

The presentation covered;

  • Australia’s shadow report and how it was developed
  • How the shadow report development builds a stronger understanding of the UNCRPD and how/why it is important for domestic policies.
  • The Australian Government and Civil Society delegations
  • The processes pre and during Geneva
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the process
  • The committee process and how to best influence it