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Edwin Osundwa, Sense International Kenya Country Director to co-chair United Nations’ round table discussion on disability and business

1 December 2020

The Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is an annual meeting where signatories of the Convention meet to discuss its implementation. Commonly referred to as COSP13, this year will be the 13th session with events taking place from 30 November to 3 December 2020. This year’s theme is “A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities”. 

The session will endeavour to address the COVID-19 crisis and how stakeholders can work to “build back better” so global commitments to deliver on the rights of persons with disabilities can be realised.

Korir, a young man with deafblindness in Kenya who Sense International is supporting to grow his agriculture venture. He's standing in a field holding a pineapple.
Korir, a young man with deafblindness in Kenya who Sense International is supporting to grow his agriculture venture.

We are delighted to announce that Edwin Osundwa, Sense International Kenya Country Director, has been invited to participate as a co-chair for a roundtable session. Edwin will chair the session alongside Katalin Annamária Bogyay, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations. The session will address the intersection between disability and business entitled: “Disability and business: realizing the right to work in open, inclusive and accessible environments for persons with disabilities”.

Edwin has a wealth of knowledge in the area of disability and business. Sense International Kenya is currently running two livelihood and vocational training projects for youth with complex disabilities in Kenya, one as part of the Inclusive Futures consortium, a UK Aid initiative and another supported by Vet toolbox, a European Union venture. These projects aim to increase livelihood opportunities for young people with deafblindness and complex disabilities through business mentorship, increasing access to inclusive vocational training and strengthening linkages to disability confident employers.

The roundtable session will address the current challenges and opportunities being experienced in the field of disability and business internationally. Presentations from panellists from around the world including but not limited to Singapore, Colombia, Israel and Uganda will be made at the roundtable session.

Shruti, a young woman, is making a speech.
Shruti making a speech.

Furthermore, we are also very happy to report that Shrutilata, a young Indian woman with deafblindness who works with Sense International India as Advocacy officer has also been selected to make a presentation at a Round Table event during COSP13.  

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is an important guiding framework for shaping a future of work inclusive of persons with disabilities. Sense International is delighted to be co-chairing the round table discussion this year and to be part of discussions on inclusive work.

 

 

 

 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019