58 CONFERENCES AND COUNTING

Many autistics are at least partially face-blind. That is why we may not have recognized you at UN system and related meetings and conferences we participated in:

15 February 2016: Second Physical Open Consultations "Access to the Internet for Persons with Disabilities and Specific Needs" of the Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva

27-28 January 2016: Conference "Geneva Engage: E-participation for International Geneva" of DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, organized in cooperation with the Republic and State of Geneva, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organisations in Geneva, and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

10 December 2015: Fourth Strategic Dialogue Meeting "A Pillar of Social Rights" of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) of the European Commission (EC), Brussels

3 December 2015: Informal Meeting with Civil Society Partners of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

24-25 November 2015: Eighth Session "Minorities in the Criminal Justice System" of the Forum on Minority Issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva (read our oral statement at the forum: "The Criminalization of Autistic Behaviours")

26 October-20 November 2015: 62nd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

26 October 2015: Meeting with NGOs "Follow-up to the UN Concluding Observations on the EU's Initial Report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) of the European Commission (EC), Brussels

19 October-6 November 2015: 115th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva

8-9 October 2015: 2015 Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Forum "Mental Health Innovations and Their Uptake into Policy and Practice" of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva

22-23 September 2015: Seventh Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting "Violence Prevention and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva

7 September 2015: Expert Meeting "The Deprivation of Liberty of Persons with Disabilities on the Basis of Disability" of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Palais des Nations, Geneva

17 August-4 September 2015: Fourteenth Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva (read our oral statement at the session opening on the post-2015 development agenda and UN member states' commitment to prevent autism)

3 July 2015: Conference "Children's Rights and the Aims of Education" of the Children's Rights Erasmus Academic Network (CREAN), University of Geneva

30 June-1 July 2015: International Conference "Volunteerism – Avenue for Social Transformation" of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Vector of Friendship Union (VF Union), and Perm Center of Volunteerism Development (PCVD), Palais des Nations, Geneva

29 June-24 July 2015: 114th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, and Palais des Nations, Geneva (read our written contribution to the Half Day of General Discussion "Right to Life": "Right to Life and Prenatal Genetic Testing for Autism")

22 June 2015: Event "The United Nations and Civil Society – 70 Years Working Together: How Do We Make a Difference from Geneva?" of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), and Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), Palais des Nations, Geneva

16 June 2015: Half-Day General Discussion "Right to Just and Favourable Conditions of Work" of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva (read our written contribution to the discussion: "Employment of Autistic Persons and Adverse Conditions of Work")

8-12 June 2015: 22nd Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs/Representatives, Independent Experts and Chairpersons of Working Groups of the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva

25-29 May 2015: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015 "Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development", International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, organized by the ITU, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

20 May 2015: 2015 Annual General Meeting of the NGO Forum for Health, Ecumenical Centre, Geneva

20 May 2015: Geneva Global Health Literacy Forum, Campus Biotech, Geneva, organized by Health Literacy Europe, the Asian Health Literacy Association (AHLA), International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), International Centre for Migration Health and Development (ICMHD), World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health (WFAIGH), University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Maastricht University, and others

18-26 May 2015: 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Palais des Nations, Geneva

25 March-17 April 2015: Thirteenth Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, and Palais des Nations, Geneva (watch our side event on occasion of the UN's World Autism Awareness Day 2015: "Medical Experimentation on Autistic Children: Fake Cures and Global Stem Cell Tourism" and read our written contribution to the Day of General Discussion "The Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities": "Education for Autistic Self-advocacy")

4 March 2015: International High-level Conference "Re-thinking Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and Beyond" of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris

3-4 March 2015: International Multistakeholder Conference "CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action – Conference on UNESCO's Internet Study: Access, Free Expression, Privacy and Ethics" of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris

18-20 February 2015: 2015 Social Forum "Access to Medicines in the Context of the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, Including Best Practices in this Regard" of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva

15-17 December 2014: 2014 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) "Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda" of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris

11 December 2014: TEDxPlaceDesNations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Universal Postal Union (UPU), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Republic and State of Geneva

25-26 November 2014: Seventh Session "Preventing and Addressing Violence and Atrocity Crimes Targeted against Minorities" of the Forum on Minority Issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva (read our oral statement at the forum: "Online Hate Speech and Incitement to Violence against Autistics")

24 November 2014: Dialogue "The Role of the UN in Preventing and Addressing Violence and Atrocity Crimes against Minorities" of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations, Geneva

6-7 November 2014: Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting "Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for Sustainable Development in the ECE Region" of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Palais des Nations, Geneva

5 November 2014: Joint Technical Symposium "Innovation and Access to Medical Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for Middle-Income Countries" of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and World Trade Organization (WTO), at the WTO, Geneva

31 October 2014: Meeting "Business as Unusual: Making Workplaces Inclusive of People with Disabilities" of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, International Labour Organization, Geneva

10 October 2014: Event "Living a Healthy Life with Mental Illness" of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva

8-9 October 2014: Workshop "Enhancing Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional Mechanisms for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights" of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations, Geneva

7-31 October 2014: 112th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, and Palais des Nations, Geneva

7-10 October 2014: Second Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva

7-9 October 2014: 75th Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Palais des Nations, Geneva

15 September-3 October 2014: Twelfth Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, and Palais des Nations, Geneva

12 September 2014: Day of General Discussion "Digital Media and Children's Rights" of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (read our written contribution to the discussion: "Digital Media and the Autistic Community")

4-5 September 2014: 2014 Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Forum and Launch of World Suicide Report of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva

1-2 September 2014: Global Consultation on the Right to Challenge the Lawfulness of Detention before Court of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (read our oral statements at the consultation: "Criminal Detention of Autistic Persons" and "Institutionalization of Autistic Children and Adults")

7-25 July 2014: 111th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, and Palais des Nations, Geneva

7 July 2014: Half-Day General Discussion "Girls'/Women's Right to Education" of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (read our written contribution to the discussion: "Autistic Girls' and Women's Right to Education")

21 May 2014: 2014 Annual General Meeting of the NGO Forum for Health, Handicap International (HI), Geneva

19-24 May 2014: 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Palais des Nations, Geneva

14-17 April 2014: First Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva

3 April 2014: Event "Celebrating the World Autism Awareness Day 2014" of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, organized in collaboration with Autisme Suisse Romande

2-4 April 2014: 25th General Assembly of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission (ISJC), New York City (watch our presentations on occasion of the UN's World Autism Awareness Day 2014)

1-3 April 2014: 2014 Social Forum "The Rights of Older Persons, Including Best Practices in this Regard" of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva

31 March-11 April 2014: Eleventh Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson, Geneva (watch our side event on occasion of the UN's World Autism Awareness Day 2014: "Moving from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance")

12-13 March 2014: Workshop "History, Humanities and Global Health: Critical Perspectives, Contemporary Debates" of the University of York, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), University of Lausanne, and World Health Organization (WHO), at the WHO and IHEID, Geneva

4-5 February 2014: Workshop "The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges and the Way Forward" of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Palais des Nations, Geneva, organized in cooperation with the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS Housing Europe)

2-4 December 2013: 2013 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva (read our written statement to the forum: "The Guiding Principles and Autistic Self-advocacy")

29 November 2013: Third Health Promotion Forum "Building Capacity for Health Promotion: Inter-sectoral Partnerships between Civil Society and Government" of the Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP), World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, organized in collaboration with the WHO and the University of Geneva

28 November 2013: Panel Discussions on Minority Issues on occasion of the launching of the OHCHR publication "Promoting and Protecting Minority Rights –  A Guide for Advocates" of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations, Geneva

26-27 November 2013: Sixth Session "Beyond Freedom of Religion or Belief: Guaranteeing the Rights of Religious Minorities" of the Forum on Minority Issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations, Geneva (read our oral statement at the forum: "The Key Pillars of Minority Protection and Us")

12 November 2013: Sixth High-level Symposium on Global Health Diplomacy "Health Diplomacy Meets Science Diplomacy" of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, organized in cooperation with the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)

 

Prior to founding Autistic Minority International, our President, Erich Kofmel, had been accredited as a civil society observer and participant to a wide range of UN system conferences in Geneva:

8-10 July 2013: Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade "Connecting to Value Chains" of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at the WTO

6-8 May 2013: Conference "Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy" of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and International Labour Organization (ILO), ILO Conference Centre, organized in collaboration with the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

8-9 April 2013: Workshop "E-Commerce, Development and SMEs" of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

2-3 April 2013: Space Security Conference 2013 "Enhancing Confidence, Securing Space Stability" of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Palais des Nations, organized in collaboration with Chatham House, the Secure World Foundation (SWF), and The Simons Foundation

21-22 March 2013: Launching Conference "Policy Making and Sustainability Standards: How Can Governments and Private Sector Work Together to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals?" of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), Palais des Nations, organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

11-15 March 2013: High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) "Towards More Drought Resilient Societies" of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

18-20 February 2013: Meeting in the dispute "European Communities – Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products" (DS400/DS401) of the panel of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

18 February 2013: Half-Day General Discussion "Access to Justice" of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Palais des Nations, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

15 February 2013: Seminar "Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights" of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations

14 January-1 February 2013: 62nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson

11-13 December 2012: 31st Meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO)

27-28 November 2012: Fifth Session "Implementing the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities: Identifying Positive Practices and Opportunities" of the Forum on Minority Issues (FMI) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations

12-30 November 2012: 49th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson

12-13 November 2012: Sixth Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons/CCW), Palais des Nations, organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

29-30 October 2012: Joint Meeting "Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making: Focus on Strategic Environmental Assessment" of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (TF PPDM) of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and Bureau under the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Palais des Nations

1-19 October 2012: 53rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Palais des Nations, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

1-5 October 2012: 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme (ExCom) of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Palais des Nations

1-3 October 2012: 2012 Social Forum "People-centred Development and Globalization" of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations

16-20 July 2012: 2012 Meeting of Experts (MX) of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (Biological Weapons Convention/BWC), Palais des Nations, organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

16-17 July 2012: Seminar "Strengthening Partnership between Indigenous Peoples and States: Treaties, Agreements and Other Constructive Arrangements" of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations

9-27 July 2012: 105th Session of the Human Rights Committee (HRCttee), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson

9-13 July 2012: Fifth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), Palais des Nations

18 May 2012: Meeting "Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet" of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Conference Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

16-17 May 2012: Meeting of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Conference Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO), organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

14-18 May 2012: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012, Conference Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO), organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

14-22 February 2012: Twentieth Session "Genetic Resources" of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

13 February-9 March 2012: Eightieth Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais Wilson