Mandate At its twenty second session the Human Rights Council decided that its

Mandate at its twenty second session the human rights

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Mandate At its twenty-second session, the Human Rights Council decided that its next annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities would be held at its twenty-fifth session, and that it would focus on the right of persons with disabilities to education. The Council also requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a study on the right of persons with disabilities to education, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, and to make the study available on the OHCHR website, in an accessible format, prior to the twenty-fifth session of the Human Rights Council (Human Rights Council resolution 22/3, paras. 15 and 16). The study is available at .
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Date and venue Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 12:00 to 15:00, Room XX; Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Aims and objectives Share experiences, lessons learned and good practices in the implementation of Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the right to education. Two levels of implementation will be looked at: o the first one (i) calling for immediate non-discrimination measures in mainstream schools and o the second one (ii) entailing a systemic change that requires a progressive transformation of the existing legislative and policy framework to establish inclusive education systems; Discuss the main barriers that persons with disabilities face in the enjoyment of the right to education and identify the challenges that States and other stakeholders encounter in ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy this right on an equal basis with others, in particular through the access to inclusive schools; Propose strategies to promote the establishment of inclusive education systems; Discuss the role of international cooperation in supporting transformation towards inclusive education systems; and Analize the importance of ensuring the end of educational exclusion and to ensure inclusive quality education on the agenda of post-2015 development with special emphasis on the most excluded groups, highlighting among them, persons with disabilities. Chairperson/Moderator: Vice-President of the HRC, Bureau Focal Point on Accessibility (tbc) Opening statement: Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights (tbc) Panelists: Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez, Member of the CRPD Committee Ms. Maria Magdalena Orlando, Independent Expert, Argentina Ms. Marie Schoeman, Chief Education Specialist, Department of Basic Education, South Africa Mr. Gordon Porter, Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Education of New Brunswick, Canada Mr. Philippe Testot-Ferry, Senior Education Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office CEE/CIS
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