Building Back Better by strengthening the implementation of Article 19 of the UNCRPD

17.06.21 | Event
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No person with a disability shall be left behind when building back after the Covid 19-pandemic. The aim of the side event is to focus on inclusive and sustainable recovery by strengthening the implementation of Article 19 of the UNCRPD on the right to independent living and to be included in the community.


02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

The focus of the event is on ways of implementing Article 19 effectively, so that the right to live independently and receive individual services and support in the community is realized.  

The speakers will share their views and important perspectives on how to develop a society in which no one is left behind, referring to Article 19 and interrelated articles of the UNCRPD (4.3, 5, 6, 7 and 19) and relevant SDG:s of Agenda 2030 (5, 10 and 11) and underlinining the importance of meaningful involvement of persons with disabilities in all matters that concerns them. 

The event will be moderated by Ms Sif Holst, Disabled People's Organisations Denmark 


  • Ms Krista Kiuru, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Finland 
  • Ms Astrid Krag, Minister for Social affairs and Senior Citizens, Denmark (tbc) 
  • Mr Floyd Morris, Member of the UN Committe on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Jamaica 
  • Professor Emerita Rannveig Traustadóttir, Iceland 
  • Ms Line Skåtøy, chair person for The Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities, Norway 
  • Dr Adolf Ratzka, Founding Director Emeritus, Independent Living Institute, Sweden  
  • Ms Susanne Broman, Åland Disability federation 
  • Ms Anna Caldén / Disability organisation Finland 


Nordic cooperation on disability 

The governments of the Nordic countries and organisations representing persons with disabilities cooperate on disability and inclusion issues within the Nordic Council of ministers. Modern welfare policy, UNCRPD and Agenda 2030 are important corner stones. Article 19 of the UNCRPD is a priority during Finland’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021.    

The event is hosted by the governments of Finland and Denmark and the Nordic Council of Ministers.