Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Persons with Disabilities

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Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Persons with Disabilities

“Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”

WORKING GROUP – PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Section of Relations with Civil Society of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity and the Department of Summits Follow-up welcome you to the Working Group on Persons with Disabilities of the Virtual Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors in preparation for the 46th regular session of the OAS General Assembly which will take place on June 13 - 15, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

  1. Encourage a negotiation process of the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo that takes into account the perspective of the Group on Persons with Disabilities of civil society and other social actors.
  2. Facilitate the dialogue and exchange of experiences between a larger and more representative group of civil society organizations, social actors and workers in the hemisphere who work on the topic of Persons with Disabilities.
  3. Draft a document of recommendations from the perspective of Persons with Disabilities on the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo to be submitted to the consideration of Member States in the CISC.
  4. Formulate questions that will be directed to the Secretary General of the OAS in the Dialogue that will be held in Santo Domingo.

This Working Group will be moderated by Pamela Molina, of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity who will guide the discussion, respond to comments and provide support for the formulation of recommendations. 

Principles:

Recognition and respect for diversity: The participation of civil society entails the recognition of the legitimacy of diverse perspectives and interest regarding the subject that is being addressed.

Transparency and access to information: The objectives, scope, process and results of this Forum will be of public knowledge.

Additionally, the right to Freedom of Expression will be guaranteed: participants will have the right to express their positions and proposals freely, in a manner that is cordial, tolerant and respectful to other points of view

Methodology: 

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, exchange experiences and issue recommendations on the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.

- Civil Society Organizations and social actors participating in this Forum should select one (1) working group that corresponds to the area your organization works on.

- The moderator will:

  • Direct and stimulate the discussions between participants.
  • Answer any question presented in the space.
  • Support the drafting of the document of recommendations. 
  • Collect the questions that the participants want to ask the Secretary General at the Conversation. 

The moderator will ensure that:

  • The recommendations on the Draft Declaration are constructive, to the point, and in relation to the contents of the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.
  • The diversity of postures and opinions is faithfully reflected in the document.

- The methodology for the formulation of recommendations will also seek to ensure that:

  • All postures will be treated in the same manner. 
  • As such, mechanism of consensus or vote that seek to favor some postures and silence others will not be used.
  • Positions expressed in the document will not be qualified as majority or minority positions. 
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Pamela Molina
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Welcome to this Virtual Forum!

Dear participants, welcome to the first Hemispheric  Virtual Forum with Civil Society, Social Actors and Workers in preparation for the 46th  regular session of the OAS General Assembly which will take place on June 13-15, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

My name is Pamela Molina and I will be the moderator of this Working Group.I am chilean, Master in Disability Studies and Human Development, and also a Deaf Person myself. I am a Latin American advocate for Disability Rights and currently work as Disability Specialist at the Department of Social Inclusion in the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity at OAS. My role in this forum is to promote dialogue among participants and facilitate  the formulation of concrete recommendations about the draft Declaration of Santo Domingo: Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas.   In order to start with the dialogue, I will invite you to review the Draft Declaration included in the Forum, and present some thoughts or comments.  Please, also I am open to your comments and suggestions regarding the accessibility of this platform, so we can improve this space in the near future. Thank you!

Pamela Molina
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Hello everyone!

Hello everyone!

Clarifying doubts: The Forum works by posting opinions and wait for reactions, answers or comments. Each person registered on the platform can write their comments and opinions, which by clicking on "save" are published and can be answered by others. I will be collecting all the contributions related to persons with disabilities to be incorporated into a single document.

The idea is to provide input on the text of the Declaration of Santo Domingo (which is attached above in word format), to be adopted at the next OAS General Assembly in June. The more specific the contributions are, linking the topic of disability rights to the base document, we can better influence decisions, because it will have value only what remains politically appointed and approved in this document.

Specifically, contributions are requested in two ways:
a) Contributions and recommendations to the Declaration of Santo Domingo, to reflect the concern and commitment to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities; and
b) To propose questions to the OAS Secretary General; for him to answer in his meeting with Civil Society organizations,  to be held in Santo Domingo in the framework of the OAS General Assembly.

Both contributions must be written on this platform. I am waiting for your comments to enliven this discussion !!

centro guadalupe
on the rights of persons with disabilities

The Guadalupe Center for Life and Family in Puerto Rico submits the following paragraphs for inclusion in the document: "37. Persons with disabilities includes the unborn child with fetal disabilities. These children also need medical care. There are medical advances, such as with fetal surgery, which must be pursued and made accessible to mothers with unborn children suffering with fetal disabilities. 38. Persons with disabilities must not be subjected to proposals of euthanasia in any of its forms. Persons with disabilities possess the right to life from conception to their natural death. In case of a person with a disability, the person has the right to medical advances and in the end, if needed, to palliative care."

chakthon
Technology for Equality / Tecnologia para la Igualdad

My proposal is that in defending the principle of equality, is promoted to the level of social and political commitment, availability of technological artifacts (motion, vision, reading and writing, hearing, etc) available as a human right

Mi propuesta es que en defensa del principio de Igualdad, se promueva a nivel de compromiso social y politico, la disponibilidad de los artefactos tecnologicos (de movimiento, vision, lectoescritura, audicion, ect) a disposicion como derecho humano

Pamela Molina
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Consolidated document and suggested questions

Hello everyone!
I want to thank you for all your contributions. I will include them in the document, and I will share the final version in this space. In the meantime, I would like to invite you to send SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR THE GENERAL SECRETARY, which can be formulated in Santo Domingo next week, at the meeting the OAS General Secretary will have with civil society organizations. The idea is to submit proposals for questions to him related to the OAS work to enforce the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Americas. I await your contributions !!

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