Towards Disability-Inclusive Climate Action

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 16:00to18:00
Online event.
Free. Registration mandatory.

Although persons with disabilities constitute 15% of the world’s population, they have been largely invisible to policymakers, experts, and activists working in the field of climate change.

In this virtual event, persons with disabilities from all over the world will discuss the challenges and opportunities for developing disability-inclusive responses to the climate crisis. Among other topics, they will address the disproportionate ways in which climate change harms disabled persons; the lessons learned with disability inclusion in other fields that could apply to climate change; the role of disability rights in responding to climate change; and the contributions of the disability community to resolving the climate crisis.

Hosted by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism as part of New York Climate Week, this event will also mark the launch of the Disability-Inclusive Climate Action research program established at McGill University.

Attendance will require a passcode that will only be sent to the registrants. Kindly register at https://forms.gle/rfEMWHVJJ8NEK2tt6

Program summary

  • Chaired by Yolanda Muñoz, McGill University
  • Opening remarks by Marcie Roth, World Institute on Disability
  • Closing remarks by Elham Youssefian, International Disability Alliance

Featured speakers

  • Stefan Trömel, International Labour Organization - Persons with disabilities in a just transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Carlos Kaiser, ONG Inclusiva (Chile) - Lessons Learned from Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Readiness
  • Setareki Macanawai, Pacific Disability Forum - The Impacts of Climate Change for Persons with Disabilities
  • Pratima Gurung, Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network & National Indigenous Disabled Women Association of Nepal - Indigenous Women with Disabilities in the Context of the Climate Crisis
  • Sébastien Jodoin, McGill University - A Disability Rights Approach to Climate Change



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