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Conference day 1
08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Masters of Ceremony: Dr. Ola Abualghaib, Mr. Faisal Al-Kooheji and Mr. Mohamed Al Fahida

09:00 - 09:35

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder of Qatar Foundation for Social Work

 

Her Excellency Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

Success Story: Kholoud Abu Sharida, "Leaving no one behind" through the lens of a disability-inclusive future

 

Mr. Edward (Eddie) Ndopu, United Nations Secretary-General's Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), Future Astronaut

 

Success Story: Muniba Mazari, "Leaving no one behind" through the lens of a disability-inclusive future

09:35 - 10:25

Plenary Session: Inclusive Equality

 

Disability-inclusion has the potential to be transformative for people with disabilities when both United Nations Sustainable Development  Goals  (SDGs) 2030 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Chair

 

Professor Zhang Wanhong, Professor of Jurisprudence, School of Law, Wuhan University - China

 

 

Panelists

 

Mr. Xavier Torres, Advisor of the presidential government - The Republic of Ecuador

 

Ms. Maria Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) - New York

 

Mr. Orest Nowosad, Chief of Groups in Focus Section, Human Rights Treaties Branch, United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - Geneva

 

Ms. Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor, International Disability Alliance (IDA) - New York

10:25 - 10:55
Coffee Break
10:55 - 11:55

Session 1: Inclusive Education

It is education, that makes development and society disability friendly, and thereby, reinforces the principle of “Nothing About Us Without Us”

Chair

 

Ms. Ana Lucia Arellano, Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) - New York

 

 

Keynote

 

Mr. Ted Chaiban, Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) - Jordan

 

 

Panelists

 

Ms. Maha Mohammed Al Mansouri, CEO of Mada Assistive Technology Center - Qatar

 

 

Dr. Azza Abdelmoneium, Director of Family Research Department, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) - Qatar

 

 

Ms. Salma Eltabbakh, Leader of the Resource Group of Self-Advocacy – Alexandria

11:55 - 13:00
Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00

Inclusive Employment

 

Disability-inclusive employment maintains a high impetus when both society and development pledge to reach the furthest behind first

Chair

 

Dr. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) - Lebanon

 

 

Keynote

 

Mr. Houtan Homayounpour, Head of International Labor Oganization (ILO) Project - Qatar

 

 

Panelists

 

Mr. Ghanim Mubarak Al-Kuwari, Assistant Under-Secretary; Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs - Qatar

 

Mr. Ali Abdullatif Al-Misnad, Board Member of Al Shura Council - Qatar

 

Dr. Abdallah Badahdah, Associate Professor of Sociology, South Dakota State University - United States of America

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel Sessions:

 

Session 3A: Inclusive Public Health and Wellbeing

Chair

 

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health - Qatar

 

 

Keynote

 

Dr. Hala Sakr, Regional Advisor on Violence, Injuries and Disabilities, World Health Association (WHO) - Egypt

 

 

Panelists

 

Dr. Lisa Thornton, Division Chief for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidra Medicine - Qatar

 

Dr. Naeema Al-Gasser, World Health Association (WHO) Representative - Sudan

14:00 - 15:30

Session 3B: Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

Chair

Ms. Robinah Nakanwagi Alamubuya, Executive Director, Triumph Uganda for Mental Health Support and Recovery Program - Uganda

 

 

Keynote

 

Dr. Shible Sahbani, Regional Advisor for Reproductive Health, United Nations Population Fund, Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) - Egypt

 

 

Panelists

 

Ms. Abia Akram, CEO of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities - Pakistan

 

Mr. Mustapha Kemayel, Assistant Regional Director for Advocacy, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) - Tunisia

 

Dr. Alessandra Aresu, Inclusive Health Policy Lead, Humanity & Inclusion

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel Sessions:

Session 4A: Towards Smarter Policy

 

Disability-inclusive policy programming needs to be in everything we do

Chair

 

Ms. Gisela Nuak, Chief Inclusive Social Development Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) - Lebanon

 

 

Keynote

 

Ms. Rachel Kean, Disability Expert, Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

 

 

Panelists

 

Ms. Akiko Ito, Chief of the Programme on Disability Section, Division for Social Inclusion, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - New York

 

Mr. Venkatesh Balakrishna, President of the Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) and Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) Global Network - India

 

 

Dr. Ola Abualghaib, Manager of the Technical Secretariat of the United Nations Partnership of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - New York

 

Ms. Alkhansa Abdul Mohsen AlHusaini, Director of Planning and Research Department, Public Authority of the Disabled - Kuwait

14:00 - 15:30

Session 4B: Data and Research

Data revolution that makes those who are often invisible, visible

Chair

 

Dr. Luay Shabaneh, Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund, Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) - Egypt

 

 

Keynote

 

Dr. Ahmed Hussein, Statistics Expert, Planning and Statistics Authority - Qatar

 

 

Panelists

 

Sheikha Dr. Dena bint Ahmed Al-Thani, Assistant Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University - Qatar

 

Dr. Nadia bint Ali Al Ajmi, Director of Al-Aman Rehabilitation Centre, Ministry of Social Development - Oman

 

Mr. Cordell Golden, Washington Group on Disability Statistics - United States of America

 

Ms. Elena DePalma, Washington Group on Disability Statistics - United States of America

Conference day 2
09:00 - 10:00

Children with Disabilities: A Human Rights and Community Challenge

Chair

 

Professor Jennifer Leaning, Professor of Practice, Harvard School of Public Health - United States of America

 

 

Keynote

 

Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, Harvard School of Public Health - United States of America

 

 

Panelists

 

Dr. Jumana Odeh, Founder and General Director of Palestinian Happy Child Centre - Palestine

 

Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Director of Global Policy, Influencing and Research; Action on Disability and Development (ADD International) - United Kingdom

10:00 - 10:20

Coffee Break

10:20 - 11:20

Session 2: Cities and Human Settlements

Chair

 

Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of Division for Inclusive Social Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) - New York

 

 

Keynote

 

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, Founder and President, World Enabled - United States of America

 

 

Panelists

 

Sheikha Hissa bint Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, Special Envoy of the Arab League Secretary-General - Qatar

 

Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah, President of the Arab Organization of Persons with Disability (AOPD) - Lebanon

 

Mr. Mark Dyer, Access and Inclusivity Strategist, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – Qatar

11:20 - 11:40
Closing Session

Rapporteurs, Drawing the Strands Together

 

 

Doha Declaration, Presentation of the Doha Declaration, Ms. Amal Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Head of the Organizing Committee, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work

 

Award Ceremony

11:40 - 12:40
Lunch Break