Conference of States Parties
Professor Mac MacLachlan, Director of the Centre for Global Health and member of the School of Psychology, recently attended the Conference of States Parties at the United Nations, in New York; in his capacity as the Knowledge Management Lead of the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNPRPD).
The Partnership is working across 9 United Nations agencies; more than 20 countries, their governments and associated civil society partners; to support structural change that can promote the rights of people with disabilities, creating more just and inclusive societies globally.
The Partnership was launching an overview of the results form the first Round of 11 countries which participated in the programme - the report is available here.
Professor MacLachlan said “It is a great privilege to work, along with my colleague Dr Hasheem Mannan of UCD, with the UNPRPD programme. Our role is in the knowledge management of the project – trying to foster learning across countries and to bring the latest best practice evidence to implementation in different ways in very different countries and contexts. This report highlights some of the very tangible changes that have been achieved; such as the establishment of judicial overview and deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals in Moldova; a disability rights monitoring system in South Africa; a network of inclusive cities in Indonesia; or a network of inclusive businesses in Costa Rica. Such changes not only change how society works, but also attitudes towards people with disabilities, impairments and frailty. We are grateful to Irish Aid for funding our contribution to this programme.”