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Project ID:00112679Description:Formulation of a UN system-wid
UNPRPD Disability Fund
Start Date *: 18 Oct 2018
UNPRPD - Disability Fund
End Date*: 31 Dec 2020
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The objective of the project is to promote a transformational change in the UN system that will ensure that all UN entities, within their respective mandates, contribute to the rights of persons with disabilities in a way that is consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in line with the commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including to ensure no one is left behind.

In order to achieve this profound change, a first key step is to have a UN system-wide policy on disability inclusion to be agreed by the UN CEB. This policy would allow for establishing a shared commitment, common language and coherence across the UN system and set specific objectives to be achieved by all UN entities in areas such as human resources, programming, conference/meeting management, information, facilities/premises, procurement, and evaluation.


Building upon the example of the UN approach to gender equality and empowerment of women, the policy would be accompanied by an accountability framework, which would for each of the domains covered by the policy, propose  indicators that UN entities and UNCTs would need to report on regularly in order to demonstrate progress towards the implementation benchmarks. The accountability framework will also seek to identify technical tools and guidelines that could be developed to support stakeholders in their implementation.

Based on the findings of the institutional review among UN entities and UNCTs that will be available at the end of September 2018 and other work currently being undertaken (such as a review of accessibility of conferences and meetings requested by DGACM and undertaken by the Joint Inspection Unit, and a survey of DPOs that will be undertaken by the International Disability Alliance [IDA]), an initial meeting of UN principals is foreseen to be convened by the EOSG to provide overall guidance and vision, and a draft policy will subsequently be produced. Furthermore, an accountability framework for UN entities and for UNCTs will be prepared, which will then undergo piloting in a number of UN entities, including at least one UN regional commission, and UNCTs. The active involvement of DPOs will be ensured in this process including through the IASG but also in the relevant contexts of piloting. 

The drafting and piloting processes hope to elicit good practices among UN entities, drawing from the findings of the institutional review and feedback provided from piloting entities. Particular attention will be given to the way in which the situation of girls and women with disabilities is being addressed and specific UN entity approaches to Leave No One Behind and how they address the rights of persons with disabilities. 

Based on the findings from the piloting, as well as feedback from relevant thematic inter-agency networks and working groups, workshops will be convened (with presence, as much as possible, of UN entities based in various duty stations) to present main findings of the pilot tests and finalize the draft policy and accountability framework.

The IASG subgroup, that will have been coordinating this process, would then finalize the policy, action plan and accountability framework.

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