Keystone Human Services International has had special consultative status with the United Nations since 2014. This status allows the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to seek expert information or advice from KHSI, and gives us the opportunity to participate in events, conferences and activities of the United Nations.

In May 2008, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (external website) came into force. This international treaty is designed to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with disability.

Disability is a part of the human experience, and disability issues and inclusion need to be part of the conversation for all aspects of society. Keystone Human Services International is pleased to have this opportunity to participate in UN activities and continue to “advance the human spirit” of people across the globe.

Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea toward the Ideal

In June 2017, Keystone Human Services International hosted a side event at the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, entitled “Making Deinstitutionalizations Real: Moving from the Idea to the Ideal.”

A panel of change agents from India, the Republic of Moldova, and the United States examined and explored questions surrounding the issue of building community-based service systems to support people with disability to live full, rich, meaningful lives.

Speakers included:

Charles J. Hooker III, President and CEO
Keystone Human Services
Dr. Ludmila Malcoci
Regional Director of KHSI, Central and Eastern Europe
Executive Director, KHSI Moldova Association
Elizabeth Neuville
Executive Director, Keystone Institute (US)
Director, Keystone Institute India
Anastasia Oceretnii, Deputy Minister
Ministry of Labor, Social Protection, and Family
Government of Moldova
Shweta Rawat, Chairperson
The Hans Foundation
Ravi Dahiya, Chief Program Officer
UN chart of seventeen sustainable development goals: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industy, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals